Phenix City dog owner starting petition after deadly shooting - WRBL

Phenix City dog owner starting petition after deadly shooting

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Robert Westfall, whose dog was shot and killed Wednesday by a Phenix City police officer, is now trying to find a lawyer. Robert Westfall, whose dog was shot and killed Wednesday by a Phenix City police officer, is now trying to find a lawyer.
PHENIX CITY, Ala. -

A Phenix City man whose dog was shot and killed by a Phenix City police officer Wednesday is starting a petition, Robert Westfall told WRBL News 3 Friday.

Westfall's boxer was shot and killed Wednesday by a Phenix City police officer who the department has said was protecting himself from the aggressive animal. Westfall maintains his dog was not being threatening and simply barked at the officer.

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Westfall, who sublets the home on Dillingham Street where the incident happened, said he is now trying to find a lawyer. His petition to gather support was expected to be available shortly but he did not say what demands he might make in the document.

Phenix City police say they were assisting the United States Marshal's Office when they showed up to the home Wednesday looking for a fugitive. Two marshals were talking with Westfall when the Phenix City police officer encountered the dog.

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Police have completed two reports: an incident report and an internal investigation. The incident report is expected to be released this afternoon while the internal investigation will not be made available. The investigation did find the officer did nothing wrong, Assistant Police Chief Robert Casteel told WRBL News 3 Thursday.

>> Web Extra: Phenix City police incident report (pdf)

WRBL News 3 has also reached out to the US Marshal's office to learn more about their investigation that first brought authorities to the home. A spokesperson said he would look into the investigation and we are awaiting his findings.

**This is a developing story. Stay with WRBL.com and News 3 for more.

James Brierton

James joined WRBL News 3 with experience from CNN, NBC News and his own hyper-local news site. He manages the WRBL News 3 Web desk. More>>

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