"Officers never want to harm an animal. The dog came upon the officers quickly and they felt it was about to bite them. This is a very dog friendly community. Many officers have dogs. We work with dogs. Dogs running loose are a safety risk, for people and for the dogs. This was a very unfortunate situation for everyone involved," Said Deputy Chief Pete Ritter.
What happened: Boise Police patrol officers were investigating a theft reported in the area of North 28th Street and Woodlawn Avenue Sunday afternoon, October 20th, at approximately 2:00 p.m. Two officers were standing in a parking lot when the dog began running toward them in what the officers felt was an aggressive, potentially dangerous manner from about 10 feet. The Officers felt forced to protect themselves. Independent witnesses to the incident described the dog as barking and snarling as it approached the officers. One officer made an instant decision to fire a single shot at the dog when it reached less than three feet from the officers. The dog, a mixed breed, was hit and died at the scene. The owner of the dog was found nearby and confirmed to officers the dog had been running loose.
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