Cop Shoots 'Vicious' 'Pitbull' That Was Really a Black Lab in a Car



A police officer in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho claims that he had to shoot a "pitbull" that exhibited "vicious" behavior this week. The owner of the dog, which was actually a labrador, is skeptical.

A local news station reports on the shooting:

The incident began Wednesday morning when an officer responded to call about a suspicious van. The caller claimed the driver of van was watching young children from a nearby parking lot. The owners of coffee shop reported the white van because they thought it was possibly connected to child luring case. 

When an officer approached the van with his gun drawn, the dog lunged out of the open driver's side window according to Coeur d'Alene Police Department leaders. The officer said the pit bull lunged at his face. Investigators said the officer fired one round from his service weapon and shot the dog in the chest. The dog later died. 


The incident apparently left the officer feeling "distraught."

The body of the two-year-old dog, named Arfie, was found by his owner, Craig Jones, who told KREM 2 News that he couldn't even comprehend the situation. "This still isn't even real to me." Insisting that Arfie was harmless, he said, "If my dog is barking and wondering who's peering through the windows he doesn't care if you're a cop, an attorney, or President Bush. He doesn't know any difference." Jones had apparently just stepped away from the vehicle to eat breakfast. 

Since there's no video evidence or witnesses of the incident, it's impossible to say how much of the unidentified cop's story is accurate. A photograph taken afterward shows the window of the van rolled about halfway up, a bullet hole blown through it. 

H/T: Karl Hungus

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  1. Since there’s no video evidence or witnesses of the incident, it’s impossible to say how much of the unidentified cop’s story is accurate.

    Of course there’s a witness. The redoubtable law enforcement professional who’s apparently prone to panic fire.

    1. Panic Fire fuckin A!

    2. Since there’s no video evidence or witnesses of the incident, it’s impossible to say how much of the unidentified cop’s story is accurate.

      My sarcasm meter took a couple seconds to respond, but on first reading, this sentence very much had a FTFY tone.

      The glass was broken inward on the front seat, it was penetrated by a caliber matching the officer’s weapon and *even without witnesses*, we can be pretty damned sure the dog didn’t fire first.

  2. Well, we all know that only sociopaths own vans, so the cop was totally justified approaching with his gun drawn. I guess it’s a good thing a kid didn’t jump out at him.At least he went home safely that night.

  3. “A lab! Watch out! He’s being friendly right toward us!”

    1. My kid ran up to a lab the other day before I got stop him and it frenched him. Good way to learn that lesson, thanks Lab!

      1. No kidding. The idea of a vicious black lab is as ridiculous as the idea of an obedient cat.

        1. It licked his tongue inside his mouth and he’ll never run up to a strange dog again. Labs are the best.

        2. It was viciously attempting to bring him the newspaper.

  4. Since there’s no video evidence or witnesses of the incident, it’s impossible to say how much of the unidentified cop’s story is accurate.

    He identified a lab as a pit bull, so I’m not giving him a whole lot of credibility.

    1. In his defense, he honestly think no one would check into it.

  5. What kind of total fucking douchebag do you have to be to respond to a “suspicious vehicle” call with a drawn sidearm?

    Apparently the kind that they hire to be on the po-po in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

  6. The dog was probably startled by that cop’s anal sphincter slamming shut so hard it clanged like a bell. Total panic kill.

  7. Why was the weapon drawn in the first place?

    1. How is the driver going to know you mean business if you don’t rap on the window with the barrel of your gat?

  8. If you’re firing through the window to hit a barking dog because you’re so afraid of it, you’re an emotionally fragile little delicate flower that has no business being given a gun.

    But I like to think that every single citizen of Coeur d’Alene who sees this cop will now mutter an “arf! arf!” as they pass.

    1. The suicidal citizens of Coeur d’Alene, anyway.

    2. Asshole killer pig, would be more appropriate

      1. He’s distraught. What more do you want?

        1. disarmed and dis-employed.

          1. Sperm receptacle to every other prisoner on the cell block.

  9. Jones had apparently just stepped away from the vehicle to eat breakfast.

    Give the cop a break. He was just following the new Tennessee law and instead of a crowbar, he used his gun.

  10. I was in Coeur d’Alene recently. One of the local telephone prefixes is 666.



    you are not a black woman, and you do not get to claim either blackness or womanhood. It is not yours. It is not for you.

    That’s just the first paragraph.

    The basic argument of Mannie’s article is that white men, gay or not, get to have everything. Black people can never have anything, and black women especially sit at the bottom of the totem pole. (How low, exactly? They get violently arrested for jaywalking.)

    This isn’t to say that white gay men aren’t oppressed or aren’t impoverished or don’t have health issues or are never beaten up or attacked for being gay or that they should feel guilty for being white. But it is to say that black women can’t hide their blackness or their femaleness in the same way that a white gay man could choose to hide his homosexuality

    1. Black people can never have anything

      Maybe here’s why

      1. Was that music? After three seconds of that sonic assault, I began to spontaneously projectile vomit. After cleansing my keyboard of what was once the contents of my stomach, I thought that perhaps that was a DARPA test of a new Internet-deployed sonic weapon, like the LRAD or something. So that’s why I’m asking.

        1. My point is that if this woman is doing nothing but spewing invective, she’s not going to get anything of value in return. Her words are as racist/sexist/homophobic as it gets.

      2. I can’t hear the song anymore without expecting to hear Dennis Miller talking over it.

    2. Are the privilege games a bit like the Hunger Games? Because I’d watch that!

      1. Yes! THE FIRST ANNUAL PRIVILEGE GAMES. Each oppressed district will send one boy* and one girl* to be their Tributes. Asians need not apply.

        * – not meant to exclude the Trans District

        1. These peeps have already declared “Oppression Olympics” off-limits/unmutual. Except when they do it, of course.

    3. Are the privilege games a bit like the Hunger Games? Because I’d watch that!

      1. Totally worth a double post.

    4. My white, straight boyfriend gets explicit racial threats on the street, and called a fag on the regular. He read this and was wondering how he could “pass” and claim his full measure of privilege.

      1. He read this and was wondering how he could “pass”

        Don’t dress like a fucking hipster?

        I keed.

        1. It’s hard being twinkie, dude.

      2. Your boyfriend should probably quit antagonizing minorities.

        1. How is he supposed to do that? By dying?

          1. Touche.*

            *evidently accents are not “English script.”

    5. Sorry, Tone Police, but between my kids and my wife, there’s already more than enough crazy in my life. I’m going to take a pass on even pretending to give a shit about aggrieved black women and gay men.

  12. lol, that dog barked because it smelled bacon!


  13. …it’s impossible to say how much of the unidentified cop’s story is accurate

    Um, I would guess 1%, and that is only because he admitted actually shooting the dog.

    Beyond that, he is a cop. Of course he is lying through his teeth.

  14. Was this vicious animal also capable of passing through closed car doors and windows? Or maybe the dog knows how to open the car door?

  15. BTW, when is reason finally going to get into gear and write something about millennials?

    1. They might have some polls underway? We will have to wait and see.

  16. The owner of the dog, which was actually a labrador, is skeptical

    If one dog owns another, is dat slaveryzzz?

  17. When an officer approached the van with his gun drawn

    A good reminder why anyone with horse sense lives in a county with a rarely seen sheriff and no police.

  18. I was AMAZED this sad story did not end with a mention of a ticket the driver received for ‘endangering an animal’ by leaving his pup in the van on a “hot” Idaho morning. Doesn’t local PD need revenue? How can it afford to equip the SWAT teams w/ rocket launchers?

  19. “The owners of coffee shop reported the white van because they…”

    A.) are dumb fucks.
    B.) don’t have any customers to wait on.
    c.) feared for ‘the children’
    d.) are half assed detectives.

    1. E.) All of the above!

    2. I’d be running roughshod over those mf’rs, were I the dog’s owner. These busybodies deserve every ounce of bad publicity the dog’s owner can wring from their complicity.

  20. In protest, Reason.com spammed the interwebz with eleventy billion stories about a millenial poll.

    Take that, copper!

  21. Is it really standard operating procedure for an officer to respond to a situation so volatile that he needs to have his weapon drawn, by himself? If this “suspicious vehicle” is that scary, he should have had back up before he ever approached the van. Since he didn’t bother, I can only assume he had his gun drawn for tuff gai effect. That a barking dog scared him this badly is evidence he has no business being a cop in the first place.

  22. Has anybody ever seen a vicious or aggressive Labrador retriever? Every one I ever saw was a big, fun-loving, ebullient goofus. Who will bring birds back to you from the water, gently in his mouth.

    1. The dog appeared out of nowhere, and the cop peed in his pants and pulled the trigger without thinking, like Barney Fife when he sees a ghost.

    2. No shit. I was at a friends house for the first time the other day and he neglected to mention the dog. It was on me as soon as I walked in the door.

      It was a black lab, so I immediately shot it bent down to pet it as it wagged its tail furiously. Not for a second did I feel anything but delight at his attentions.

      Everyone’s been startled by a dog they haven’t noticed in a parked car until it barks furiously as they walk by, but you just laugh and move on. This cop seriously has a screw loose.

  23. I don’t want to hate the police. I really don’t.

    1. Why not?

      Me, I don’t want hateful police, but that’s what I’ve got. When they stop being deserving of hatred, people might stop hating them.

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