connectVideoPolice officer accidentally shot by a fellow agent
An Indiana police officer accidentally show by a fellow officer after being attacked by a dog.
A police officer in Indiana is recovering after she was accidentally shot by a fellow agent when a dog broke out of its cage and charged during an investigation last week, the officials said.
The incident happened Tuesday in Lafayette when the officials LaFrene Butler and Aaron Wright were conducting an investigation at an apartment complex and a dog broke out of his cage and jumped on Wright, which he accidentally the fulfillment of his weapon, according to Lafayette police chief Patrick Flannelly.
“Our conclusion is that in this incident this was not a result of an act of the negligence, carelessness or otherwise reckless behavior,” he said during a press conference on Friday. “It was an accident.”
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Flannelly said a review board investigated the incident and brought dramatic body camera footage of what happened in the apartment
Lafayette police officer Lane Butler was wounded in the shooting last Sunday.
(Lafayette Police Department)
In the video, the officers can be seen searching the apartment when Butler is told to keep an eye on the large bench of the dog. When Wright comes to the apartment, and approached the cage, the dog barked, and beat the cage door.
The officer then fired a shot while you are away, which struck Butler. A body camera from one other agent on the scene, Officer Aaron Wright, shows that the bullet goes through a door between Wright and Butler.
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“From the moment the dog began to force his way out of the cage, the officers were confronted with only a few options in fractions of a second,” Flannelly said Friday.
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He added that Wright never intended to pull the trigger.
“When we asked him, he flatly said that he had no intention of shooting the dog,” he said.
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Butler was transported to a hospital, and although initially listed in serious circumstances can be expected to fully recover, according to FOX59.
The dog involved in the incident was not injured, police said, and was placed in the temporary care. The animal is now returned to his home.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.