Tuesday, September 17, 2019 4:28 PM EST
By The Associated Press, AP
JACKSON, Mich. (AP) — An appeals court says a lawsuit can proceed against police in the fatal shooting of a pit bull inside a Jackson home.
A Jackson officer walked through the front door without knocking and encountered a dog named Kane. The dog dashed down stairs and growled before it was shot in 2014.
There's no dispute that Officer Matthew Peters didn't have a warrant to enter the home. He had a court order to find a man who needed medication, but that person didn't even live at the address.
Peters says he reasonably believed he had entered a common area in the building, not an apartment. But that argument was rejected Tuesday by a federal appeals court. The court says a jury can decide if a growling dog was an imminent threat.