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Officer Accidentally Shot In Back By Fellow Cop Was Hit Outside Vest

Lafayette Police Officer Lane Butler was accidentally shot in the back on Tuesday morning.

Lafayette, IN – The Lafayette police officer who was shot in the back by her partner as they were trying to escape from an aggressive dog on Tuesday morning remains in the hospital.

Officer Lane Butler is recovering in stable condition,” the Lafayette Police Department (LPD) tweeted on Thursday morning. “She remains under observation. We are all very proud of Officer Butler as she fights through this recovery.”

The incident occurred at approximately 10:50 a.m. on Jan. 8, as Officer Butler, Officer Aaron Wright, and Officer Kurt Sinks were responding to a criminal mischief complaint at an apartment on North 9th Street, WLFI reported.

The officers told the resident that they had received a report that a wanted subject was inside, and requested permission to check the apartment.

“The homeowner was very cooperative and allowed officers to search her apartment to show them the wanted person was not there,” LPD said in a press release on Tuesday.

Before they entered the home, the woman secured her “very large dog” in a cage, according to the release.

But as the officers were searching the apartment, the dog managed to break free from the kennel.

“[This] caused the officers to flee the apartment to avoid a confrontation with the animal,” LPD said.

As they were running, Officer Wright’s weapon discharged, sending a bullet through the apartment door and into Officer Butler’s back.

Although she was wearing a ballistic vest, the round struck an area the vest did not cover, the department said.

Officer Wright and Officer Sink immediately rushed to her aid, WLFI reported.

The three-year department veteran was transported to a local hospital, where she remained as of Thursday morning.

“Officer Butler is an amazing public servant and is a dedicated and valued member of our agency,” the LPD’s press release said. “She is demonstrating tremendous courage and strength [as] she fights to recover from her injury.”

Officer Wright, a 2-year veteran of LPD, has been placed on administrative leave while the incident is being investigated, as per department policy, WLFI reported.

The uninjured dog was housed at the Almost Home Humane Society temporarily, and was ultimately returned to its owner the same day.

LPD will hold a shooting review board meeting to review the incident on Thursday.

All three officers were wearing their bodycams when the shooting occurred.

The board’s findings are expected to be released by Friday.

Holly Matkin - January Thu, 2019


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