Dog dies after Nampa Police shooting over July 4 weekend

NAMPA, Idaho (KBOI) -- Nampa Police says one of its officers had to shoot an aggressive dog over the July 4 weekend.

The pooch was later put down.

Nampa PD says an officer was called out to 17th Avenue North and 2nd Street for a call of illegal fireworks. The officer spotted a 1-year-old boy in the street alone.

While waiting for the child's father to come out of the child's house, police say two dogs ran toward the officer and chased him into the street. Nampa PD says one of the dogs lunged at the officer, prompting him to shoot the dog.

Neighbors say they heard three shots, another neighbor says he heard two. Several other people said they couldn't tell because there were fireworks going off at around 9 pm when the officer shot his weapon.

The dog was later euthanized at the owner's request, police say.

"The use of lethal force by an officer is always a last option," said Chief Craig Kingsbury. "We do not want to hurt or kill any animals.

NPD says it will conduct an investigation and forward it to the Canyon County Prosecutor's Office. The officer is on active duty.

Police say no audio or video was taken of the incident using body cameras.