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Bastrop Daily Enterprise - Bastrop, LA
  • Former SPD officer indicted in connection to fatal dog shooting

  • A grand jury has handed down an indictment of aggravated cruelty to an animal - a felony offense - against former Sulphur Police officer Brian Thierbach in connection to the fatal shooting of a dog named Arzy Kenzington during the arrest of two men in the Southwest Daily News parking lot in April. According to Calcasieu Paris...
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  • A grand jury has handed down an indictment of aggravated cruelty to an animal - a felony offense - against former Sulphur Police officer Brian Thierbach in connection to the fatal shooting of a dog named Arzy Kenzington during the arrest of two men in the Southwest Daily News parking lot in April. According to Calcasieu Parish District Attorney spokesperson Holly Carter, the indictment came down late Thursday afternoon, and a grand jury warrant was later issued for Thierbach’s arrest.
    In early May, an internal investigation into the shooting by the Sulphur Police Department, with the assistance of the Calcasieu Parish’s Sheriff’s Office, found that Thierbach had violated the SPD’s policy and procedures regarding use of force, personal conduct and behavior. No final disciplinary action was taken due to Thierbach’s resignation from the department on May 7. The CPSO then took up a criminal investigation into the incident and handed their findings over to the District Attorney’s office on May 27.
    Early Thursday evening, Brandon Carpenter, Arzy’s owner, told Southwest Daily News that he was feeling a little overwhelmed and emotional after hearing about the indictment.
    “They came to the right decision. Justice will be served,” said Carpenter, who also reaffirmed his determination to “see this through to the end.”
    Carpenter’s attorney, Alyson Antoon, expressed her appreciation for the grand jury’s decision and the overall treatment of the case so far.
    “I’m very pleased with how this matter has been handled,” said Antoon, emphasizing her gratitude in how seriously the District Attorney’s Office took the matter and how quickly the office brought it before the grand jury.
    As for civil matters, Antoon stated that she has contacted Mitch Redd, attorney for the City of Sulphur and is still awaiting word from his office about a possible settlement.
    “It is still pending, but we are not ruling out a lawsuit. We will do what needs to be done,” said Antoon.
    Judge Kent Savoie has set Thierbach's bond at $20,000. 
     
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