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Police Investigating Officer's Fatal Shooting of Family Dog

Authorities are investigating an Anne Arundel County Police officer's actions after he shot and killed a family's dog. Vern, a Labrador retriever, confronted the officer in his yard.

Police Investigating Officer's Fatal Shooting of Family Dog

The Anne Arundel County Police is investigating a confrontation Saturday afternoon when an officer searching for a burglary suspect shot and killed a Labrador retriever in the family’s front yard.

The unidentified officer was investigating a burglary in the 900 block of Lombardee Circle in Pasadena at about 4:12 pm. Feb. 1. The officer, a one year veteran of the agency went to the home at 905 Lombardee Circle. The dog, Vern, confronted the officer in the front area of the outside of the home, police said in a release, leading the officer to shoot twice,killing the dog.

The department’s release said it recognizes the sensitivity involved in a situation like this and understands that this is traumatic incident for the officer and for the family of the deceased dog. “A full investigative review will take place as we continue to gather the relevant facts in this case.”

Chief of Police Kevin Davis went to the family home.

"My deepest condolences go out to the family of Vern during this extremely difficult time," said Davis. "I personally met with the family at their residence to let them know that our department will be conducting an internal investigation into the incident to ensure that all of the pertinent facts are known, and to advance discussions regarding best practices for law enforcement when encountering animals."

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