MAY 15, 2015, 10:18 PM LAST UPDATED: SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2015, 12:17 AM
BY ABBOTT KOLOFF
STAFF WRITER |
The Wyckoff police officer who fatally shot a German shepherd after going to the wrong address to investigate a burglary report last month has been exonerated by a township internal affairs investigation after the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office declined to look into the matter, authorities said in a news release Friday night.
Township Police Chief Ben Fox issued a five-page statement saying that an investigation by his department had “exonerated” the officer, Kyle Ferreira, “from any claim questioning his truthfulness in this incident.” Fox said the officer believed the dog could “cause serious bodily harm” after it bit him in the foot and latched onto his right boot. And Ferreira followed state Attorney General’s Office guidelines for the use of deadly force, the chief said.
Fox said that he was taking an “unusual step” by releasing details of the investigation because “many facts have been misrepresented.”
He said the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office had declined to investigate the matter, citing state regulations, and sent it back to his department’s internal affairs unit. The chief had asked the Prosecutor’s Office to investigate because “allegations were being made that the police department was not being truthful,” he said in the statement.