Lyman Police Chief says he won't try dog shooting in the media

Lyman Police Chief Jeff Chitwood says he will not try the fatal shooting of a dog by one of his officers in the media.

Raul Ayala has claimed through e-mails and interviews with the local media that he has video indicating his Rotweiler was killed for no apparent reason when officer Ray Huffman shot him Saturday afternoon.

Chitwood says two witnesses and Huffman say the animal, which Ayala indicated was a security dog, was being aggressive when Huffman arrived on the scene. Chitwood says Huffman reported he acted in self defense after the dog lunged at him on several occasions, and for any other determination to be made, Ayala will need to talk to Police.


Ayala admits he failed to latch the kennel adequately before leaving and that was the reason the dog was out. Police were called to the scene because Ayala's dog was allegedly threatening a neighbor's dog.

Chitwood says officers from other agencies including the Sheriff's office and the State Patrol also responded, and he will be looking at their reports as well.

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