INCIDENT INVOLVING DOG SHOOTING IN ELDORADO: UPDATEPosted by Jack Howser on Monday, September 17th, 2012 @ 1:02 pm.
I would like to give the actual account of events that ocurred in the Eldordo dog shooting. The dog’s name was smokey.Officer Ward was responding to a tip that there was a stolen ladder at either the property located at Carnahan and Jasper, or Ridge St and Jasper.The Officer attempted to knock on the front door, but there was no answer, so he went to the back door. While knocking on the door, the dog came out of the garage barking at him. The dog was on a chain but could reach the back door. Instead of Officer Ward taking two steps backwards to avoid the dog, he pulled his service weapon and shot the dog in the face.At that time Mr. Robershaw came out and seen what had happened. Trying to put all of the pieces together, and then realizing the dog was still alive. He begged the officer to at least put the dog out of his misery instead of him suffering. The Officer refused. At some pointduring Mr. Robershaw questioning the Officer about why he shot the dog, the Officer stated he feared for his life.But upon more questions claimed that he was scratched by the dog. However, he refused to show where the dog scratched him.As it turns out, the police had the wrong residence, so the shooting was not only wrong, but the officer didn’t even need to be there. Smokey was a wonderful german shephard who played with all the kids in the family and got along well with other pets. The whole family is upset at the loss of such a wonderful animal.
ELDORADO—According to ‘rado sources, their newest police officer, Ryan Ward, formerly of Walmart security in Harrisburg, shot and killed a German shepherd dog last night while responding to a call.
The problem is, there are so many conflicting stories on how this happened, that right now there’s more sorting out to do than there is information to tell you.
The first pieces of info we received early this morning indicated that last night (Sunday, Sept. 16) at about 6 p.m., Ward, who was the only officer on duty, responded to a call from a woman who wanted to report she had a ladder missing.
As Ward was walking up to this call, the dog, belonging to Jason Robershaw, attempted to get at him. Robershaw reportedly pulled the dog back and held onto it, and Ward proceeded up to the house. However, the dog was able to break from Robershaw’s grip and barreled toward Ward. Ward, not able to get to his TASER, pulled his service weapon and shot the dog dead.
The second version goes: Ward was responding to the missing ladder call, but went to the wrong house. While there, Roberson’s dog was barking at him, while on a chain. This version has it that Ward pulled his weapon and shot the dog—in the back of the head—without preliminary.
Whatever the case, our people in ‘rado are reporting that there was all kinds of activity at the police department today, including attorneys being present. Ward is currently under a probationary employment period with the department. We don’t know his status right now, but we are hearing that he’s devastated over the death of the dog.
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