Additional information released about dog shot by deputy
Evangeline Parish Sheriff Eddie Soileau issued a statement in response to allegations that one of his deputies used excessive force when he shot a family’s dog while responding to a call at the residence.
“The Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office responded to the area of Cheryl Street in Ville Platte on October 28, 2017, in reference to a complaint of harassment and simple criminal damage to property,” Sheriff Soileau said.
He continued, “While on location, the deputy responding feared for his safety when the complainant’s dog came after him in an aggressive manor biting after him. The deputy had to use necessary force to prevent serious bodily injury to himself. A use of force investigation will be conducted, and the entire incident will be reviewed.”
Section 612 of the Evangeline Parish Sheriff’s Office policy titled Use of Force Discharge of Firearm that went into effect on February 15, 2017, states in part, “A deputy of this department may only use deadly force when he believes that it is necessary to defend his own life. Deputies of this department shall be authorized to use, at any time during a conflict, the necessary force to end a threat to protect themselves or citizens from injury or death.”
The policy outlines nine procedures for the use of firearms. The last of which states, ‘A deputy is justified killing an animal: A- For self-defense. B- To prevent substantial harm to another. C- When the animal is so badly injured that humanity requires its relief from further suffering.”
The policy also addresses the reporting and investigation of firearms discharge. “Whenever a deputy discharges a firearm, either accidentally or officially, except at an approved range or function, the deputy shall notify his supervisor immediately, who through the chain of command, shall notify the Patrol Supervisor, Major, and the Sheriff,” it states. “The involved deputy shall submit a detailed written report, to the Sheriff within 24 hours of the incident. If the discharge is determined to be an act of negligence, disciplinary action may follow along with a mandatory recertification of the weapon involved.”