GUN Scottsdale K-9 unit supervisor kills police dog

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  1. TL1000RSquid

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    Scottsdale K-9 unit supervisor kills police dog
    http://www.azcentral.com/news/articles/2008/08/29/20080829abrk-policedog0830.html
    413 comments by Monique DeVoe - Aug. 29, 2008 04:01 PM
    The Arizona Republic

    A Scottsdale police dog was shot and killed by his handler on Friday. Police say they think the death was accidental.

    This is the first time a police dog has died in the line of duty in the department's 45-year history, Police Chief Alan Rodbell said.

    "Certainly, we don't think it was intentional," police Sgt. Mark Clark said.

    Sgt. Chris Coffee shot Striker, a 6-year-old Czech shepherd, about 3 a.m. while they were searching a home near 104th Way and Dynamite Boulevard, police said.

    Police responded to a house alarm, and the owner was present. Striker and Coffee were called to the house by officers who had discovered an open door.

    Striker was on a leash, and while conducting the search, Coffee shot Striker, police said. Details were not available.

    No intruder was found.

    Striker was rushed to an emergency animal clinic, but his wound was fatal.

    "This is being fully investigated," Rodbell said at a news conference to announce the dog's death.

    Striker's death comes about a year after Chandler police K-9 Bandit perished in the heat when Sgt. Tom Lovejoy left him in his patrol car. Maricopa County Sheriff's Office deputies arrested Lovejoy on suspicion of animal abuse. Lovejoy was found not guilty on Aug. 15 by the San Tan Justice Court.

    The Maricopa County Sheriff's Office said it will not get involved in Striker's case.

    "No, we're not investigating this one," said Capt. Paul Chagolla.

    "This would be something that Scottsdale (police) would handle."

    Rodbell said Coffee was devastated and expressed the department's feelings during the conference.

    "You can feel the sadness in the hallways here at headquarters," Rodbell said.

    "This is a loss not just for our Police Department. It's a loss for our city government. It's a loss to the community."

    Coffee, who has been with the department for 10 years, is on a minimum 72-hour leave, a standard department policy.

    Coffee has been in charge of the K-9 unit for 2 1/2 years and worked with Striker during that time. Striker had been in the unit for four years and was one of six police dogs.

    "Anyone that has pets and has lost a pet can imagine how this man is feeling," Rodbell said.

    Rodbell said Coffee and Striker were more than just partners.

    "They live together, they play together, they train together, and they spend their entire tour of duty together," Rodbell said. "They're best friends."

    The dogs take risks for officers, he said.

    "They go in the door in lieu of us going in the door," Rodbell said

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    How do you accidentally shoot your own dog when its on a leash? ND I'm guessing.
     
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    Didn't this happen recently with another agency?
     
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    Well there goes like $6,000 down the drain.
     
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    That sucks.
     
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    Those dogs are worth a hell of a lot more than $6k.
     
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    civilian kills police dog = murder
    cop kills police dog = ND?
     
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    it was a rough guess, i knew it was quite a few thousand.
     
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    I think ours are in the neighborhood of $20k up front, plus everything along the way.
     
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    im sure if a civilian "accidentally" shot a police dog, it wouldnt be called an ND
     
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    Classic case of tripping while your boogerhook is on the bangswitch.
     
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    I can imagine the copper trying to restrain dog on leash with one hand, while having finger on trigger with other hand. Dog jerks forward and copper pulls back hard on leash. Natural tendency is to squeeze with both hands. Also coppers are gennerally trained to keep pistol down at low ready both for retention and to keep from sweeping each other. Bet he pulled the dog right into the shot.

    Keep your fucking finger off the trigger until your ready to put a hole in something.
     
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    As an aspiring K-9 Handler this makes me sad.
     
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    They are also trained to keep thier fucking finger off the trigger. Well, they are at my department.
     
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    I was trained to do that when I was old enough to know what a trigger is... I should hope that they are well versed in basic pistol safety.
     
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    Often that training has much to be desired. It is often not done under stress. When your under stress your going to revert to sub concious thinking. When your making a concious effort to do something it is not usually an issue. You need to do something enough times and in such a manner that it becomes muscle memory.

    I see a lot of new shooter many of them being cops at the various pistol matches. One thing that is always said in the safety meeting is to keep your finger off the trigger when moving. Even with the cops 50% of the time they shoot a bunch of targets under the stress of the timer, then move with finger on the trigger to the next array. Then we all yell "finger finger."

    I can tell you finger off the trigger, finger off the trigger all I want. It doesn't make you learn it. Actually it might even be counter productive. Your subconcious mind cannot opperate in the negitive.

    Ex. "Don't think about pink elephants, Don't think about pink elephants".

    You cannot help but think about a pink elephant.

    When we say finger off the the trigger you cannot help but associate finger and trigger. Not a good thing. Maybe it should be taught finger on the frame.
     
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    This is an excellent point and a serious reason why mudslinging works in politics. If I accuse Hillary of eating aborted fetuses, that'll stick in peoples' minds. Now she can deny it all she wants, but all that will do is remind people of the accusation and then Hillary = fetus eater.
     
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    I guess my dept. is a lot different than others, because we do train under stressful conditions.
     
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    Scottsdale cops are funny
     
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    yes some department do a better job with their training. Many others really do the very bare minimum.
     
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    If your dept really works you out, you're in the lucky 1%. Most depts here are lucky if they get qualifications more than once a year.
     

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