A California man is filing a lawsuit against a South San Francisco police sergeant, accusing the off-duty officer of wrongfully shooting and killing his boxer, Angel.
In the lawsuit, Ray Halteh said Sergeant Mike Remedios shot and killed Angel in September 2006. Halteh said his dog was “engaged in aggressive playful interaction” with Buddy, Remedios’ dog.
Halteh stated in the lawsuit that he separated the dogs and no one was in immediate danger or hurt. Then Remedios identified himself as an officer and ordered Halteh to “step aside” and then shot Angel.
The lawsuit further stated that Buddy was not in need of any medical attention and “displayed no visual evidence of injury.”
The city conducted an internal investigation, but no wrongdoing was found on the part of Remedios.
Halteh’s attorney said: “If I came home and my dog was fighting with another dog and I happened to have a .45 in my pocket, I’d be in jail.”
Source: San Francisco Chronicle