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Leave for Md. officer in dog's death

The off-duty federal police officer who shot and killed a Siberian husky in a Severn dog park has been placed on administrative leave.

Anne Arundel County police are investigating Monday evening's shooting, which has led to outrage in the community.

Police have declined to identify the 32-year-old officer, and the officer's attorney would not release his name either, citing threats against his client.

But the attorney, David Putzi, says the officer fired his gun in defense of his own dog, himself and his wife when he shot the 3-year-old husky known as Bear-Bear. Police say the officer fired his personal handgun.

Putzi says Bear-Bear attacked the officer's German shepherd and that the husky's owners “could not or would not” control their pet.

-- The Baltimore Sun

By Washington Post Editors  |  August 6, 2010; 10:27 AM ET
Categories:  Anne Arundel , Updates  
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The cop lies. City Paper talked to two witnesses. He ordered the other dog owner to get the Husky off his dog. The Shepherd was the agressor, and the cop shot him in a few seconds.

Good thing it wasn't videotaped so we could id the bastard with the gun.

Posted by: RogerRamjet2 | August 6, 2010 11:53 AM | Report abuse

If that jerk wants to stay in law enforcement, he should become a mall cop where he has no gun, but that's a scary thought, too -- just having him around the public. He's dangerous. He needs psychiatric help. And if I were his wife, I'd be LONG GONE by now, although, I'm guessing he's probably an abuser at home as well and she's too scared to leave. RIP Bear-Bear. Poor thing, who knew that you'd go to the park to have a good time and run into a power hungry psychopath with gun privileges that's supposed to be protecting with them.......

Posted by: anon57 | August 6, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

This cop gives other cops a bad name. This cop should loose his police powers, and should not be allowed to have any pets.

Posted by: 10bestfan | August 6, 2010 12:12 PM | Report abuse

I think we expect dogs to play and chase and perhaps act aggressive in the dog parks...and if they are under the control of their owners there are no real dog fights (never heard of one in a dog park, but I supposed they have happened). Anyway...really didn't think there would be GUNS in a dog park! This is a bad cop and he should be fired. Trigger-happy people have no place in a dog park or carrying a gun as part of their jobs.

Posted by: DecafDrinker | August 6, 2010 12:33 PM | Report abuse

I commented on this yesterday but the one thing that caught my eye today is that the gun he used was his personal gun and not his issued work weapon.... who the efff carries a personal gun to a dog park??? the common answer is "criminal, thug etc..." so my question was answered from yesterday... he was not in uniform and was off duty. Charges should be filed. Now, my next question is, taking out that he is a Federal officer... is it legal to carry a concealed weapon in MD? Again, taking the fact that this was his personal weapon and not issued weapon.

Posted by: rvanags | August 6, 2010 12:47 PM | Report abuse

Leave should just be the first stop for this pitiful excuse for this so-called protector of the peace, law enforcement officer. He devastated a family by killing one of their own. He used a gun with other people (children!) and animals around. If he is not fired, he needs to turn in his gun, and be demoted to desk work, in a position where he is restricted from working with the general public. Or he should be forced to pay a large sum of money to an organization like the ASPCA, but on a weekly basis, for however long it takes to pay it off. Bear Bear deserves justice. This guy deserves a harsh penalty.

Posted by: katydid76 | August 6, 2010 1:32 PM | Report abuse

look, the "police" in MD are part of the problem. They always have been. This guy is sick. Look around you MD, look at your crime rate. You falsely reported your crime rate went down this year, that was an absolute lie. Everyone knows it. The police don't do their jobs, and when they're off duty this is what the cops do. It's foul. Start hiring people who need the jobs and get rid of the trash. This is so sad.

Posted by: smd6 | August 6, 2010 2:23 PM | Report abuse

Fire this trgger happy P.o.S. pig.

Posted by: DCFanatic | August 6, 2010 3:03 PM | Report abuse

Why does he have a personal gun at a dog park? Because the tea baggers say he can! They want folks to carry guns everywhere. . .for their protection they say. I've had enough of this gun cr*p. People don't need guns in national parks, dog parks, churches, grocery stores. Its hogwash! The day I feel I need to carry a gun everywhere I go for protection, is they day I don't want to be an American. The NRA doesn't run this country, WE do, and WE are sick of GUNS shooting people, pets, etc. everytime someone gets ticked off at someone else!

Posted by: GenuineRisk | August 6, 2010 3:35 PM | Report abuse

This officer was NOT a MD police officer but a federal police officer (civilian at Fort Meyers, VA). And yes, concealed weapons are allowed in Maryland if they are carried by law enforcement officers or someone has a concealed carry permit. Most law enforcement agencies allow for officers to carry approved personal guns off duty that are usually smaller in size than their service weapon. The question now becomes what are the policies allowed by DOD.

Still, this officer should not have fired his weapon given the circumstances and his surrondings. Neither he nor his dog had bite marks and by eyewitness accounts he gave the husky's owner no time to get control of the husky. His actions were not reasonable, the legal bar needed to be reached in order to have his actions considered ok. He should be charged with reckless endangerment, animal cruelty, and fired. This is the sort of officer that gives good cops a bad name.

Posted by: waterdemon | August 6, 2010 5:09 PM | Report abuse

If the tax payers have to pay this jerk's pension and health care, there should be a revolt. FIRE HIM NOW!

Posted by: FiatBooks | August 6, 2010 5:10 PM | Report abuse

Who would take an aggressive dog to a dog park where you have other dogs running loose? If your dog can not get along with other dogs then a dog park is the last place you should take your dog.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | August 6, 2010 5:33 PM | Report abuse

pig from pg. worst kind of bacon.

Posted by: johng1 | August 6, 2010 7:21 PM | Report abuse

We're lucky this guy didn't then turn and shoot Bear-Bear's guardian, given his obvious lack of good judgment and extremely violent and aggressive behavior! Who does this? He was WAY OUT OF LINE! COMPLETELY INAPPROPRIATE and RECKLESSLY KILLED AN INNOCENT DOG that was playing in its dog park as it apparently had done a regular basis with no prior incidents of aggression or foul play. Give me a break! They need to throw the book at this guy. He's a trained FEDERAL POLICE OFFICER who served two terms in Iraq as his attorney has liked to point out? THEN HE CERTAINLY SHOULD HAVE KNOWN HOW TO RESPOND MORE APPROPRIATELY! Excessive use of brute force, reckless endangerment, discharging a firearm in a residential area, cruel and inhumane treatment to animals, mental anguish to Bear-Bear's family, who knows how he traumatized the three children who witnessed the incident, etc. etc. etc. Shame on the Police who responded and felt this case was immediately closed and did not merit any further criminal investigation. THE PEOPLE ARE OUTRAGED! Justice needs to be served!

Posted by: jcrinrock | August 6, 2010 9:09 PM | Report abuse

We're lucky this guy didn't then turn and shoot Bear-Bear's guardian, given his obvious lack of good judgment and extremely violent and aggressive behavior! Who does this? He was WAY OUT OF LINE! COMPLETELY INAPPROPRIATE and RECKLESSLY KILLED AN INNOCENT DOG that was playing in its dog park as it apparently had done a regular basis with no prior incidents of aggression or foul play. Give me a break! They need to throw the book at this guy. He's a trained FEDERAL POLICE OFFICER who served two terms in Iraq as his attorney has liked to point out? THEN HE CERTAINLY SHOULD HAVE KNOWN HOW TO RESPOND MORE APPROPRIATELY! Murder for one. Excessive (and inappropriate) use of brute force and deadly, assault with a deadly weapon, reckless endangerment, discharging a firearm in a residential area, cruel and inhumane treatment to animals, mental anguish to Bear-Bear's family, who knows how he traumatized the three children who witnessed the incident, etc. etc. etc. Shame on the Police who responded and felt this case was immediately closed and did not merit any further criminal investigation. THE PEOPLE ARE OUTRAGED! Justice needs to be served!

Posted by: jcrinrock | August 6, 2010 9:10 PM | Report abuse

More details are coming out. The officer apparently is NOT authorized to carry a weapon. And there is a copy of the original police report here:
http://www.eyeonannapolis.net/2010/08/06/original-police-report-on-dog-shooting/

Posted by: Jfrenaye | August 6, 2010 9:28 PM | Report abuse

We are constantly being told how cops are heros, how they are tough and brave.

So why do we keep hearing stories about them shooting dogs? Why do they keep tasing people to within an inch of their lives? Why are they so willing (and seemingly eager)to pull out their firearm?

I always thought cops were tough and brave. And maybe they used to be. But given that they tend to immediately justify their escalation to unreasonable force on the basis of their personal "fear", it seems that a lot of cops are just too scared to Protect and Serve.

Or maybe they're just bullies . . .

Posted by: jarandeh | August 6, 2010 9:30 PM | Report abuse

The shooter was wrong on so many levels.
For one thing, what kind of a "man" needs a gun to seperate two dogs?
Especially when neither dog has a scratch.
WHAT A WIMP!!!

THE REAL PROBLEM IS THAT THE COPS REFUSED TO INVESTIGATE UNTIL THE PUBLIC OUTCRY FORCED THEM TO REOPEN THE CASE.

The perverted bully/wimp felt secure that he could hurt others and nobody could do anything to him.

He had a gun to protect himself from personal reprisal and his cop buddies did indeed try to shield him from the law.

The cop who initially decided to close the case should be prosecuted on conspiracy and cover-up charges.

Posted by: joerob555 | August 7, 2010 12:15 AM | Report abuse

Does anyone know the name of the officer involved in this murder? This scumbag shouldn't be able to remain anonymous. He is a danger to those around him.

Posted by: pmccauley1 | August 7, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

This story is so blatantly ridiculous that any idiot could see the holes in this story. A man places his dog within the fenced area that Bear already occupies. He then claims Bear attacks his dog and they are fighting. If we give this man the benefit of the doubt that he told at least this much truth, the two dogs would then be FOCUSED ON and FIGHTING ONE ANOTHER, allowing the man and his wife the ability to exit the fenced area to safety. But did they exit? Apparently not.

This man's life was never at risk, as stated by witnesses and as evidenced by the lack of injury to his dog. The fact that he doesn't know a thing about dogs or how they act, and that he took the action he did states loud and clear that he sorely lacks judgment, common sense, and that he is morally bankrupt. He is the worst of men: a lying cop. He needs to lose his badge and have his gun taken away. Forever.

And as for his attorney blowing hot air that the man served in Iraq: Is that supposed to negate the fact that he committed this atrocious act and lied about it? I find that comment extremely offensive and an insult to all of the good, honorable men and women who serve in our military.

Posted by: AllysonToo | August 7, 2010 11:13 PM | Report abuse

From what I understand, this is the resource to contact if you wish to voice your displeasure with the outrageous behavior of

"Officer Keith Shephard"

asking that - at the very least - he be suspended pending the outcome of the ongoing investigation (which I believe this article confirms has already been done):

Mary Ann Hodges Public Affairs Director at Fort Myer maryann.hodges@us.army.mil

Posted by: ResqDogz | August 8, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

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