NAMPA -- It was an emotional series of events in Nampa Monday evening, as officers say they were forced to shoot a pit-bull.
Nampa Police responded to a home on 13th Avenue North to conduct a welfare check on the property.
Sergeant Rob Wiggins with the Nampa Police Department said Monday evening that the officers knocked on the door of the home, but the door was open.
Then, Sgt. Wiggins said a pit-bull came through the door.
“One of the officers was attacked by a dog,” said Sgt. Wiggins. “They attempted to fend off the dog but it continued to attack the officers.”
“It's our dog, it's our family dog,” sobbed Larry Carver, Monday night.
Carver lives at the home where the incident took place and said he was there when Junior, the 2 year old pit-bull was shot by the officer.
“And Junior was right here and the officer pushed the door and Junior opened it the rest with his paw and he went after him,” said Carver.
However, Sgt. Wiggins said, when the officer could not fend off the dog, he made the decision to fire his gun at it.
Carver said the dog was shot more than once by the officer.
“He basically he has a split second to make a decision,” said Sgt. Wiggins.
Junior, the pit-bull died.
“The dog was a great dog,” said Junior’s owner, Tony O’Hare. “He would never hurt anybody; he was just a real sweet dog.”
O’Hare told KTVB Monday evening, he has never had a violent issue with his pit-bull.
“We don't live in the best neighborhood and I have two young daughters,” explained O’Hare.
However, he said he trained the dog to protect his family.
“If I am not home I know my wife is safe, I know my children are safe,” said O’Hare.
Mourning the loss of his dog, O’Hare said he does not believe shooting the dog was necessary.
“It's a family animal and in some cases that is just like a family member,” said Sgt. Wiggins.
Wiggins said he understands the situation is unfortunate, but reiterated his message about the officer’s actions again.
“Initially like I said, he tried to fend it off that wasn’t working and so unfortunately he had to elevate a little bit in order to protect himself,” said Wiggins.
Sgt. Wiggins with the Nampa Police Department said the officer who was attacked did not suffer any injuries; he also would not release the officer’s name.
While Nampa PD would also not disclose why they sent officers to the home to make a welfare check, they said more follow up will have to be done now.
The Nampa Police department will now perform, what they call, a “use of force” report. The report will then be reviewed by a “use of force” panel to see if the officer was justified in shooting and killing the dog.