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WEDNESDAY, JULY 9, 2014, 4:57 P.M.

Update: CdA cop kills “pit bull”

KREM TV is reporting that the owner of the dog shot this afternoon by a Cda police officer says it was not a pit bull, but a black lab.

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho—An officer shot and killed a pit bull on Wednesday morning near 8th Street and Sherman. Investigators described the dog as a “vicious” pit bull and said it lunged at the officer. However, the dog's owner said the dog was not a pit bull but a black lab.

The incident began Wednesday morning when an officer responded to call about a suspicious van. The caller claimed the driver of van was watching young children from a nearby parking lot. The owners of coffee shop reported the white van because they thought it was possibley connected to child luring case. More here, including photo of the dog.

From earlier today: A Coeur d’Alene police officer shot and killed a pit bull that lunged at him from the window of a van parked near downtown this morning.

Officers had responded around 11 a.m. to reports of a suspicious van, possibly with someone watching young children, parked in a lot behind 821 Sherman Ave.

As an officer approached along the driver’s side, a “vicious pit bull dog lunged out the open driver’s side window toward the officer’s face,” Sgt. Jeff Walther with the Coeur d’Alene Police Department said in a news release.

The officer fired one round from his service weapon as the dog lunged, striking the animal in the chest and killing it, Walther said. The officer was not injured.

The van was unoccupied. Officers are working to locate the owner.

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Cindy Hval
Cindy Hval is a freelance columnist for the Voices neighborhood sections. Her Front Porch column appears twice a month in the Thursday Voice.