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No Charges to be filed in Cop Shoots Dog Case

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ELDORADO, Ill. (AP) – A prosecutor says a southern Illinois police officer who shot and killed a man’s dog won’t face charges.

WSIL-TV reports the Saline County state’s attorney has decided that Eldorado Officer Ryan Ward won’t be prosecuted in the Sept. 16 shooting.

Authorities say the incident happened while Ward was investigating a theft at what turned out to be the wrong house. That’s where Ward says he shot Jason Robershaw’s German shepherd in self-defense after it attacked him.

Robershaw denies the dog went after Ward, saying his pet was on a chain.

The shooting was investigated by the Saline County Sheriff’s Department.

Robershaw says he still wants Ward fired.

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