RPSO responds following fatal dog shooting


RAPIDES PARISH, La. (KALB) - The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office is investigating the circumstances that led to a deputy shooting and killing a dog.

The incident happened on Nov. 4 in the McNutt Hill/Gardener area while deputies investigated possible criminal activity.

Sheriff William Earl Hilton issued the following statement in reference to the investigation:

"On November 4, 2019, at approximately 1:30 p.m., RPSO deputies were following up on a report of potential criminal activity in the McNutt Hill/Gardner area. While in the yard of a home, a RPSO deputy discharged his firearm which resulted in the death of a dog. The facts and circumstances of the incident are under review. When the review is completed, a report will be issued."

The Lavergne family, who owns the dog, named “Loki,” a boxer, wrote a Facebook post detailing the incident that has since gone viral. The post alleges the sheriff’s office had the wrong address. The sheriff's office did not confirm or deny the information.

The Lavergne family now has an attorney who released this statement on their behalf:

“The Lavergne family is devastated after the unfortunate shooting death of their pet dog, Loki, by the Rapides Parish Sheriff's Office,” writes Alyson Antoon with Vamvoras Antoon. “Unfortunately, this isn't the first time that RPSO has been responsible for the unjustified shooting of a family pet, and we believe that Loki's death was unnecessary and avoidable. We are currently investigating this matter and will take the necessary steps to protect our clients’ constitutional rights."

This is a developing story, we will update it once we learn new details.

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