North Idaho

Police chief apologizes for dog shooting

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - Coeur d'Alene Police Chief Ron Clark publicly apologized for the recent shooting of a dog by a police officer, calling the incident a 'regrettable tragedy.'

During a city council meeting, Chief Clark was invited to speak about the incident in which Craig Jones' dog, Arfie, was shot and killed by one of his officers. Clark said he reached out to Jones and apologized for what happened.

"We had a good discussion and I told him this was unintended," Clark said.

Mayor Steve Widmyer expressed his support for the police department and added if mistakes were made the city would take full responsibility. Clark said there would be a full investigation into the incident including a third party review of that investigation.

"Last Wednesday, we had a regrettable event with the shooting of Mr. Craig Jones' dog. We are truly sorry. As mayor it's important to acknowledge that that the city will take complete responsibility," Widmyer said.

Widmyer added all the information about the shooting investigation would be released to the public.

Clark said he hoped the incident would not cause residents to question the character of his department.

"Please don't let one incident discount the quality of law enforcement that your department provides day in and day out," Clark said.

The name of the officer involved in the shooting has not been released as the department received numerous threats about the incident in the days following the shooting.

Jones previously indicated he was preparing a lawsuit against the Coeur d'Alene Police Department over the shooting of his dog.