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UPDATE WITH VIDEO: Officer shoots, kills pit bull in Nampa, Idaho

This is an update to the story I posted yesterday:


NAMPA -- Nampa Police released video from Monday, when they say, one of their officers shot a dog in self-defense. That shooting ignited lots of reaction but now, the video is changing opinions, including the opinion of the dog owner.

The video was taken by a small camera that officers wear all the time, and turn on when they're dealing with the public.

Monday night, officers were called to a home in Nampa for a welfare check. In the video, you can hear the officer knocking on the slightly open door, and announcing himself. About 15 seconds later, two dogs come through the door, and jump up on the officer.

At a Wednesday press conference, police displayed bite marks on the mace can on the officer's belt.

"Two dogs came outside of the residence and attacked one of our officers," said Craig Kingsbury, Deputy Chief of the Nampa Police Department.

On his partner's video, you can see the officer retreating back to the neighbor's, before shooting the dog. Police say they immediately took the mastiff-pit bull mix (named 'Junior') to a local vet's office, but he died.

"I heard pop, pop, pop!" Junior's owner, Anthony O'Hare, was inside when the shooting happened. "I came running out the door, and I saw my wife with my dog, laying on the ground. She's flipping out. Everybody's flipping out."

We showed O'Hare the video for the first time Wednesday. After seeing it, he says, the video doesn't match the story he heard about what happened.

"To me, it sounded like you [the officer] saw the dog, he came up, he came down, then you shot him. But, what I just saw was, the officer was backing up, almost all the way against the wall over there, and the dog was still jumping up. So, I would've done the same thing. I swear I would've."

O'Hare says, after seeing the video, he doesn't blame the officer. While still devastated about his loss, he just wants to apologize.

"I'm sorry from the bottom of my heart that that police officer had to deal with that," said O'Hare. "I'm sorry, I'm really sorry. I wish I could take it back."

O'Hare also said, the whole incident was tragic, because his dogs are never outside without a leash. But for some reason, that door was left open.

In a poll on KTVB's Facebook page, most viewers of the video agreed that police were justified in the shooting.

The Nampa Police Department will continue to perform 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.

http://www.ktvb.com/news/crime/RAW-VIDEO-Officer-shoots-pit-bull-in-self-defense-171395861.html

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Added: Sep-26-2012 Occurred On: Sep-24-2012
By: idahoguy4life
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  • All pitbulls must die. Stop breading them!!! This guy is surprised that his dog is shot for attacking a police officer? Is he insane? Yes he is!

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    • @DontFeedMyDog My department has the cameras mounted to your chest along with the option of a head set (looped around behind the head), but some departments, mainly smaller ones simply cannot afford this equipment. I know what you are thinking, a lawsuit is more expensive than cameras but the decision is ultimately up to the chief. Other than that I agree with you 100% that it will cut corruption and stop citizens filing false reports. Both sides can benefit greatly from these cameras.

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  • nice! i hate pitbulls

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  • Outstanding. Now prosecute the owner who has little dick syndrome and feels the need to
    own such a piece of shit dog. I live in a neighborhood where all the thug wannabes strut down the road with pitbulls in tow. It is just an extension of these defiant social parasites personalities. Period!

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  • You cant trust a pit bull! So fuck it.

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  • thats why we all should be allowed to carry guns

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  • totally justified. kill all aggressive dogs with fire.

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  • Hope the owner gets fined for failing to keep his dog under control.

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  • At least the owner has his head on his shoulders about the incident, shitty situation all around

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  • As a utility worker I've been in situations like that...and pepper spray worked everytime...then again if I was a Cop I'd be writing that my gun worked everytime maybe? I have found Pitts to be pretty dumb...Now Rotts on the other hand actually think and are tougher than shit!

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  • Shoot them all.

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  • Family members of mine have owned pit bulls, as well as friends. I've been on great terms with a dozen of that breed. Most of them are sweet, friendly teddy-bears toward humans, though more often they are dangerous foes of other dogs.

    Even so, I would have shot that dog in that situation without one instant of hesitation.

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  • Justified!! Fuk nut did that on purpose and cried like a bitch when he did not get the cop.

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  • justified shooting .... good job.

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  • Not the dogs fault ... shoot the skanky owner next

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  • Justified

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  • nice decision .. the jury and any other investigating body will acquit you for the use of force..

    good job

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  • What this video shows is about 95% of the things out there are made up by people pissed at the cops.

    This guy lied about this event before he found out there was video. He stated the officer pushed the door open. He also stated he came out and his wife was laying on the ground next to the dog, freaking out.

    A majority of cops are good people doing good things every day.

    I just checked Idaho's public court records and it shows this guy was just cited for 2 unrelated misdemeanors that day by More..

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    • @idahoguy4life Exactly. Had there not been video evidence people would call this cop too eager to pull the trigger. I always say, "never tell an officer how he/she should react when you yourself will never be in their shoes." I would have done the same thing, especially with TWO massive dogs lunging at me.

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  • Looked like the owner let the dogs out to get the cop.

    So I suppose the owner got owned. I hope they prosecute him for owning dangerous dogs.

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    • @HabsForever I hate these dogs, but the owner caused the problem. Any dog offering protection (German Shepard, Doberman, etc) would have done the same thing. Owner tells the dog to attack someone on their property and they will.

      The dog owner should be charged with assault on a police officer.

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  • "Its the owner not the dog"....pfftt

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  • Good thing they had video!

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  • J U S T I F I E D ! Officer was attacked & acted in self defense. I would fear for my life if 2 Pitbull type dogs aggressively came towards me.

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