Craig Jones said his dog Arfee was a happy-go-lucky black lab puppy. Coeur d'Alene Police said that dog – which they called a pit bull – lunged at an officer, who shot and killed Arfee. Now Jones is devastated and the police are getting threats.
Coeur d'Alene police say they won't name the police officer who shot and killed Arfee earlier this week as people have been leaving threatening messages on the department's voice mail.
In a press release, police say the dog viciously lunged at the officer from the front seat of a van. Jones said his black lab Arfee was just a year-and-a-hald old harmless puppy.
His day started off as any other normal morning, playing fetch with Arfee in Lake Coeur d'Alene before heading to breakfast at Java off Sherman and 9th.
“Typically I would park in the front, but that day had been busy so I went to the very back where there was shade,” Jones said.
Jones brought Arfee to breakfast with him, but left him in his van, cracking the windows before heading inside like he had done almost every other morning for the past month.
“The sad thing was, I was actually caught up in texting with a bunch a [friends] who are going to float the river this weekend,” he said.
Jones wanted to know if it would be okay to bring Arfee, who rarely left his side, not knowing what was happening right outside the restaurant.
“I'd seen my van window had been broken so I was trying to scan to see what was going on,” Jones said.
Not noticing right away it was a bullet hole Jones panicked. He didn't see Arfee inside but did see a blood trail inside. Then he saw the note police left on his window confirming they had Arfee. A witness confirmed Jones' dog had been shot.
“I just went into this spin where it was just unbelievable because this was like my biggest fear. This dog is with me every day religiously,” Jones said.
Police said in a news release that the officer thought Arfee was a violent pit bull who lunged in the officer's face, but Jones claims that was not possible.
“They clearly shot through the window and the bullet definitely ricocheted off the window, almost penetrated the window and made it all the way into the back end of the van,” he said.
Now Jones is left trying to move forward, visiting the place where he shared his last memory with Arfee.
“It just, it crushes me know the way he died. It's a savage thing,” he said.
Police declined to comment for this story Friday.
Jones is working on filing a lawsuit against the Coeur d'Alene Police Department.