Deputy justified in fatal Spokane Valley pit bull shooting

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by WHITNEY WARD & KREM.com

KREM.com

Posted on April 8, 2014 at 4:25 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 8 at 5:41 PM

SPOKANE COUNTY, Wash.--The Spokane County Sheriff’s Office said a deputy made the right call when he shot and killed a pit bull after it attacked the deputy’s K9.

It happened Tuesday night around 6:00 p.m. near Barker and Appleway in the Spokane Valley. Deputies were responding to a domestic violence call and burglary in progress at the time.

READ: Pit-bull killed after attacking Spokane County deputy's K9


Authorities said the attack that happened in a matter of seconds was justified. The owners told KREM 2 News the dog had never shown signs of aggression before and was simply defending its master.

Charity Federer watched her 11-year-old pit-bull get killed right before her eyes.

“I'm like, ‘don't shoot him, don't shoot him’..and just as I pulled my hand back, the officer shot him again,” said Federer. "That dog would never hurt anybody."

The Sheriff’s Office said K9 Laslo was never taken off his leash. The dog’s handler was trying to get Laslo back in the patrol car when he saw the pit bull running at them, according to authorities.

"He's just taught to protect," added Federer. "He was just doing what he's supposed to do."

“People have to realize and have to understand, Laslo is a law enforcement K9. This isn't a random pet or random dog that came off the street and got in a fight with another dog. This is a law enforcement K9,” said Craig Chamberlin with the Spokane County Sheriff’s Office. “Deputy Thurman did everything he possibly could to get this pit-bull off of his law enforcement partner's leg. Nothing was working. He had no other choice but to put the dog down.”

Meanwhile, a man named Adam Jones had taken off running. Jones had his first court appearance Tuesday afternoon on charges of obstruction and resisting arrest.

The suspect who sparked the original 911 call for Domestic Violence had still not been arrested Tuesday.

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