The owner of a dog that was shot and killed by a Lexington police officer decided not to pursue criminal charges, but that should have no bearing on an internal investigation into Officer Jeff Brangers' off-duty action.
It's hardly surprising that the owner of the 12-year-old black Labrador retriever would be reluctant to pursue criminal charges against his trigger-happy next-door neighbor.
Brangers, who lives in Scott County and joined the Lexington police force in 2012, told authorities that he thought the dog was a threat to his chickens.
But he also told authorities that the dog, whose owner also keeps chickens, was walking away from him when he shot it.
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Even if Brangers' action was technically within state law protecting livestock, his decision to shoot a neighbor's pet showed questionable judgment to say the least. Reasonable people will wonder about his fitness to police human interactions in Lexington-Fayette County.
Chief Ronnie Bastin and the Internal Affairs Section should take this incident and their response to it very seriously.