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Posted at 10:43 AM ET, 08/ 5/2010

AA police to investigate shooting of dog

By Washington Post editors

Anne Arundel County Executive John Leopold says he was “outraged” and “deeply troubled” to learn about the killing of a Siberian husky by an off-duty federal police officer in a Severn dog park.

After county police initially said the matter was closed, Police Chief James Teare called the case a “priority” Wednesday and pledged a full investigation.

The dog, known as Bear-Bear, was shot Monday evening at the Quail Run community dog park. The husky's owner and the federal police officer gave differing accounts of what led to the shooting. Bear-Bear's owners say he was playing with the officer's dog, but the officer told police that the husky tried to bite him and his dog.

The 32-year-old officer works at Fort Myer.
Information from: The Baltimore Sun,

By Washington Post editors  | August 5, 2010; 10:43 AM ET
Categories:  Crime and Public Safety, Maryland  
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I can see if the dog was attacking him and I bet you that the dogs were playing and he tried to put his mits in the middle and that is where he got bit (which makes him a complete moron). Another question.... why did he have his service revolver on his person in a freakin dog park?? The only excuse I will take is that he just got off duty and was still in uniform. other than that, no reason to have your revolver on you.... not like the dog park is a highly suspect place :)

Posted by: rvanags | August 5, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

If the NRA had its way, Bear-Bear's owner would have been armed, too. Then we could have had a good old-fashioned OK Corral shootout at the dog park.

Posted by: SilverSpring8 | August 5, 2010 1:48 PM | Report abuse

@SilverSpring8 If the NRA had its way and responsible public citizens frequently carried concealed weapons, this guy would have thought twice before pulling out his weapon and dispatching somebody else's dog. It's precisely because he knew nobody would challenge him that he felt comfortable doing what he did. Had he felt there was a credible threat that others were armed as well it's more than likely that Bear-Bear would be alive today.

Posted by: troethke | August 5, 2010 3:09 PM | Report abuse

So, troethke, in the NRA world a full fledged gun battle would have erupted. Because, you shoot my dog gives me the right to shoot you?

This story is bizarre. A cop from Ft. Myer - sounds like a glorified security guard. He had no need to be carrying at the time. What sane person pulls out a gun to break up a dog fight? I wouldn't even pull a gun on a dog attacking me.

Posted by: BigBubba1 | August 5, 2010 3:47 PM | Report abuse

rvanags - federal officers are required to carry everywhere in the US and it's possessions. In short, you are an ignorant putz. silverspring and bigdummy have joined the list also.

Posted by: madmike272 | August 5, 2010 4:43 PM | Report abuse

Wow, Madmike hurt my feelings. Of course, everything Madmike said is just plain wrong. Madmike, you can't just make things up and declare them facts. Do a little research next time.

Posted by: BigBubba1 | August 5, 2010 5:36 PM | Report abuse

if the guard had tried that stuff on the virginia side of the river, he might have ended being shot himself.

Posted by: OldSalt8 | August 5, 2010 5:40 PM | Report abuse

Agreed, madmike272 is completely incorrect. Federal law enforcements are ALLOWED to carry a firearm, NOT REQUIRED to carry. It's part of the Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act, or LEOSA, which was signed by GW in 2004, and basically gave federal officers the ability to carry anywhere in the country without having to have a state license for conceal and carry.

Posted by: ajack3 | August 5, 2010 5:45 PM | Report abuse

"The only excuse I will take is that he just got off duty and was still in uniform. other than that, no reason to have your revolver on you.... not like the dog park is a highly suspect place :)"

Don't know the Federal regs. My old man was a DC cop back in the 50's-60's and was required to carry his weapon when in the city,off-duty or on.

That may have changed.

Posted by: BEEPEE | August 5, 2010 6:15 PM | Report abuse

How inured we've become to police corruption. Without this huge media furor, the case would still be exactly where the initial police "investigation" left it: closed.

Posted by: kcx7 | August 5, 2010 11:33 PM | Report abuse

The police will investigate. You betcha they will do a thorough investigation. Anybody want to guess what the result will be. The police already decided that no criminal activity occurred and there was nothing to investigate. They are only pretending to investigate now because someone complained to Leopold and he told them to investigate.
The first investigation should be by a citizen committee of why the responding officers did not conduct an investigation.

Posted by: vw52 | August 6, 2010 6:30 AM | Report abuse

Why was his dog on leash? You don't take a dog into a dog park on leash. It changes the dynamics. If you can't take a dog off leash, then the dog does not belong in a dog park. I don't want to hear he didn't have time - there are two gates. Enter through the first one, remove the leash, enter into the play area. This cop is a jerk, if he is a real cop. "Federal officer" - some kind of guard?

Posted by: sotiredofit | August 6, 2010 6:38 AM | Report abuse

Sorry - this article does not mention the "officer's" dog was on leash, but all other articles did say the German Shepherd was leashed.

Posted by: sotiredofit | August 6, 2010 6:41 AM | Report abuse

Say if that officer went to a playground, someone else's kid runs looking mad attacking the officer's kid and plan to attack the officer, does that give the officer the right to shoot a kid?

Comeon.. gimmie a break folks! That officer would have known better to stop the dog than shooting the dog.

I hope that officer will be charged for illegally firing a firearm and animal cruelty. I hope the family of Bear-Bear will file a civil lawsuit.

Posted by: deathmuzeta | August 6, 2010 7:59 AM | Report abuse

These glorified security guards are just as bad as the Transit Authority Police and the VA airport Police. They jump at the opportunity to use their Law enforcement powers. Perhaps it's the lack of what to do. If you feel like you need action join a real PD, oh Yeah you are either too old or couldn't pass the exams. Shame on you.

Posted by: humbertomisteroni | August 6, 2010 8:17 AM | Report abuse

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