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A Sulphur, Louisiana police officer is under investigation after the fatal shooting of a dog last week. While the officer claims the shooting was in self-defense, witnesses are disputing that claim.
Brandon Carpenter, a traveling musician from Portland, Maine, along with his 14-month-old Newfoundland-Labrador-golden retriever mix, and his friend, Logan, had just arrived in Sulphur by train. Seeking shelter from the rain, the trio hopped into the back of an empty box truck in the parking lot of the Southwest Daily News newspaper.
About 10 minutes later, they were ordered by a police officer, at gunpoint, to get out. When the officer told Carpenter to secure his dog, he tied the 90-pound dog, named Arzy Kensington, to a nearby fence using the dog’s 4-foot leash.
The officer asked Carpenter if his dog was friendly and, according to an eyewitness, then approached the dog, whose tongue was out and tail wagging, and pet him for a few seconds.
About 20-seconds later, Carpenter, who was handcuffed and ordered on the ground, facing away from his dog, heard the fatal gunshot.
The officer claims that Arzy tried to attack him, but the witness, a newspaper employee that watched the entire incident unfold, says the dog simply playfully bumped into him. The witness explained to KPLC TV, “The dog never growled or bared its teeth, never bit the officer.”
Carpenter and his friend were charged with vehicular trespassing and released a few hours later.
Meanwhile, Carpenter is devastated over the brutal and unnecessary killing of his beloved, gentle dog.
“All he had to do is take one giant step back,” he said in a phone interview with Southwest Daily News on Tuesday. “Why didn’t he ask me to move the dog or just take one big step back if he was uncomfortable?”