Trespassing Nampa Idaho Police Officers Shoot And Kill 2 Dogs Protecting Their Home

September 28, 2012

NAMPA, IDAHO – Police in Nampa, Idaho have released video they say shows one of their officers shooting a dog in self-defense.

The Monday shooting ignited lots of negative reaction, but now the video is changing opinions, including that of the dog owner.

The video was taken by a small camera that officers wear all the time, and turn on when they’re dealing with the public.

On Monday night officers were called to a home in Nampa for a welfare check.

In the video, you can hear the officer knocking on the slightly open door, and announcing himself.

About 15 seconds later two dogs come through the door and jump up on the officer.

At a Wednesday press conference police displayed bite marks on the mace can on the officer’s belt.

“Two dogs came outside of the residence and attacked one of our officers,” said Craig Kingsbury, Deputy Chief of the Nampa Police Department.

On his partner’s video, you can see the officer retreating back to the wall of the next door neighbor’s house, before shooting the dog.

Police say they immediately took the mastiff-pit bull mix, named Junior, to a local vet’s office, but he died.

“I heard ‘pop, pop, pop!'” said Junior’s owner, Anthony O’Hare.

He was inside when the shooting happened.

“I came running out the door, and I saw my wife with my dog, laying on the ground. She’s flipping out. Everybody’s flipping out,” he said.

After seeing the video for the first time on Wednesday, O’Hare said the images don’t match the story he heard about what happened.

“To me, it sounded like the officer saw the dog, he came up, he came down, then he shot him. But, what I just saw was, the officer was backing up, almost all the way against the wall over there, and the dog was still jumping up. So, I would’ve done the same thing. I swear I would’ve,” O’Hare said.

O’Hare said, after seeing the video, he doesn’t blame the officer.

While still devastated about his loss, he just wants to apologize.

“I’m sorry from the bottom of my heart that that police officer had to deal with that,” said O’Hare. “I’m sorry, I’m really sorry. I wish I could take it back.”

O’Hare also said the whole incident was tragic because his dogs are never outside without a leash, but for some reason that door was left open.

The Nampa Police Department will continue to perform a use of force report.

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Veteran Shoshone Idaho Deputy Sheriff Louie Ochoa Suspended For Illegal Hunting Violations

May 3, 2012

SHOSHONE COUNTY, IDAHO – A Shoshone County Sheriff’s Office deputy has been suspended with pay pending the outcome of an Idaho Department of Fish and Game investigation.

Louie Ochoa, who has been employed with the county since March 2009, was charged with taking or possessing migratory bird(s) on April 12 and failure to validate or attach tags to a carcass April 19. He was placed on leave April 20.

“Our office does not condone anything illegal in nature,” said Sheriff Mitch Alexander. The sheriff’s office is working with the county prosecuting attorney and other attorneys to determine what action will be taken against Ochoa pending the outcome of the investigation.

Ochoa is also being investigated by the police academy, who will then take their own action against him.

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Crazed Feds Charge Man With Shooting Grizzly Bear, On His Own Property, That Was Threatening Children And Pets

August 24, 2011

COEUR d’ALENE, IDAHO – A man charged with unlawfully shooting and killing a grizzly bear had so many supporters at his arraignment Tuesday in federal court that the judge had to move the hearing to a larger courtroom.

Even there, every seat was taken as his family, friends and neighbors, young and old, squeezed in.

Jeremy M. Hill, 33, pleaded not guilty in U.S. District Court to killing the animal with a rifle on his 20-acre property near Porthill, Idaho, at the Canadian border. He lives five miles from the closest grizzly bear recovery zone.

The grizzly bear is classified as a threatened species in the lower 48 states, according to the Endangered Species Act, and protected by federal law. Hill’s charge is a misdemeanor.

Magistrate Judge Candy Dale set trial, at least for now, for Oct. 4.

Hill has declined comment. His lawyer, Marc Lyons of Coeur d’Alene, said he plans to defend Hill on the basis of self-defense and protection of family.

Following the hearing, his father, Mike Hill, of Athol, said, “This whole thing is a waste of taxpayer money.”

He said his son was concerned for the safety of his children playing outside when a mother grizzly and two cubs wandered onto his property on May 8.

Jeremy Hill has six kids, ranging in age from 14 years old to 10 months old. At least five were home when the grizzly was killed, Mike Hill said.

The bears had gone after some pigs in a pen that the kids had been raising, Mike Hill said.

He said his son shot one of the bears, then called authorities to notify them of the kill. The other two bears ran off.

He said his son could have just buried the animal and not said anything to law enforcement. He said his son is being penalized for coming forward.

State Sen. Shawn Keough, R-Sandpoint, attended the hearing in full support of Jeremy Hill.

“The charges are simply unjust,” she said following the hearing. “Hopefully common sense will prevail. It’s clearly an issue of protecting the family.”

She predicted that punishing someone who reported killing a grizzly will damage government efforts to protect the animals.

She said nearly $20,000 was raised by community members for Hill’s defense.

Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, was asked about the case while appearing in Sandpoint on Tuesday.

While Labrador said he needed to be careful in dealing with the prosecutorial side of things, he did have this to say:

“Clearly, we have a problem with the ESA when situations like this happen.” He later added, “We’re doing everything we can to make sure this man is treated fairly.”

The Boundary County commissioners on Monday said they are standing beside Hill on the charge, saying in a statement that Hill had “not only the right, but the obligation to protect his children and his family.”

The commissioners said they’ll be seeking help from Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and Idaho’s congressional delegation to get the charge dismissed.

The charge of killing a threatened species is punishable by up to a year in prison, a maximum fine of $50,000, and up to one year of supervised release.

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Moron Lewiston County Idaho Deputy Sheriff Shoots Himself In Hotel Room Mirror

September 23, 2010

LEWISTON, IDAHO – There were some anxious moments late Monday afternoon, as police responded to a frantic call from a desk clerk of shots fired at the Inn America on 21st Street.

It turns out, it was an errant shot from a weapon fired by a Bonner County deputy who’s in town for firearms training.

Lewiston Police Captain Roger Lanier said the deputy was in his room practicing what are called dry firearm drills, but had not made sure the gun was unloaded.

The .40 caliber Glock Model 22 semi-automatic went off. The bullet went through a mirror, the wall and lodged in the wall of an adjacent room.

Fortunately the person in that room was in the shower, did not even hear the shot and was not injured. He did notice some drywall dust when he came out of the shower.

Lanier said no one else was in the deputy’s room. He said Lewiston Police conducted an investigation and determined the accident was not reckless discharge of a firearm, which is a crime.

The Bonner County Sheriff’s Office is doing its own internal review.

Lanier said officers from around the state are in town all week for the training at the LPD training center put on by the Idaho Peace Officers Standard Training (POST).

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Dumbass Idaho State Police Trooper Cris Clausing, Investigating A Car In Lake, Drives Into The Same Lake And Totals Patrol Car

March 6, 2009

TWIN FALLS, IDAHO — Idaho State Police officials say one of their troopers missed a turn and ended up in a lake, totaling his patrol car.

The crash late Saturday night is under investigation by the Jerome County Sheriff’s Office.

Idaho State Police Lt. Rob Storm says Trooper Cris Clausing was rushing to help Jerome County deputies after reports that someone else had driven into Wilson Lake, near Hazelton. Storm says that Clausing was unfamiliar with the dirt road and missed a turn, ending up in the lake himself.

Storm says neither Clausing nor the other driver suffered serious injuries in the crashes, but both vehicles were totaled.

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Dumbass Idaho State Police Trooper Cris Clausing, Investigating A Car In Lake, Drives Into The Same Lake And Totals Patrol Car

March 6, 2009

TWIN FALLS, IDAHO — Idaho State Police officials say one of their troopers missed a turn and ended up in a lake, totaling his patrol car.

The crash late Saturday night is under investigation by the Jerome County Sheriff’s Office.

Idaho State Police Lt. Rob Storm says Trooper Cris Clausing was rushing to help Jerome County deputies after reports that someone else had driven into Wilson Lake, near Hazelton. Storm says that Clausing was unfamiliar with the dirt road and missed a turn, ending up in the lake himself.

Storm says neither Clausing nor the other driver suffered serious injuries in the crashes, but both vehicles were totaled.

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