Lexington officer who shot his neighbor's dog is resigning

bmusgrave@herald-leader.comJuly 14, 2014 

Jeff Brangers and Angel

A Lexington police officer who shot his Scott County neighbor's dog in March has submitted his resignation.

The resignation of Officer Jeff Brangers, who has worked for the department since 2012, will be effective July 21, according to documents provided by the city.

Brangers shot Brian Geary's 12-year-old black Labrador, Angel, on March 8 as the dog walked away from Brangers' property. Brangers keeps chickens on his property, about 5 miles east of Georgetown.

Brangers and Geary were able to work out an agreement afterward, and no criminal charges were filed.

State law says, "Any livestock owner or his agent, without liability, may kill any dog trespassing on that owner's property and observed in the act of pursuing or wounding his livestock."

Brangers initially told a Scott County sheriff's deputy that the dog was in a crouched position and looking at his chickens. But he later said he shot the dog as it was walking away.

Brangers faced an internal investigation and a tentative disciplinary hearing before the Urban County Council was scheduled for Aug. 25.

Brangers is the second officer to resign from the Lexington Police Department in as many months after being involved in public disputes. Officer Keith Spears resigned last month before a disciplinary hearing regarding an altercation with a teen referee in October.

Spears pleaded guilty in Scott District Court in January to an amended charge of harassment with no physical contact.

Spears has filed for disability. A hearing is set for August on his disability claim. The police and fire pension board will have to decide whether Spears may proceed with his disability claim.

Beth Musgrave: (859) 231-3205. Twitter: @HLCityhall.

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