City of Lyman defends Police officer

The city of Lyman says its officer acted in self defense when he fatally shot a rotweiler that lunged at him several times late last month. Lyman city attorney Audrey Elliott issued a two page statement Tuesday in response to media reports and a complaint filed with the city by the dog's owner Raul Ayala.

Ayala claimed in the complaint that Huffman lacked experience to handle the situation and should have asked for help from animal control. Elliott said when Huffman observed the animal was loose he tried to contact the owners by phone and did request assistance before the dog lunged and grabbed his arm. Elliott says he used pepper spray to calm the animal down, but he kept lunging at him, once at his face.

Elliott says there were two witnesses to the incident, and an edited video of Huffman tracking the dog after it had been shot from one of eight security cameras at the residence. Elliott says Huffman has over 20 years law enforcement experience and the city is defending his actions unless there is other video or evidence that show something different.

No litigation is pending.

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