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Case involving police officer who shot, killed man's dog in LaGrange, Mo., settled

Case involving police officer who shot, killed man's dog in LaGrange, Mo., settled

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ST. LOUIS  • A federal case involving a LaGrange, Mo., police officer who fatally shot a man's dog has settled in the plaintiff's favor for $50,000, the man's attorney said.

The case was set for trial early next week and was settled last month.

In a suit filed in January 2012 in federal court in St. Louis, Marcus Mays of LaGrange alleges a LaGrange police officer illegally seized his property — an 18-month-old American bulldog named Cammie — by shooting and killing it in March 2010. LaGrange is in Lewis County, about 145 miles northwest of St. Louis.

Mays' attorneys argued that the police officer's job was to capture the animal, not kill it, and that lethal force was unreasonable. They also accused the city of LaGrange of failing to train Officer Doug Howell in how to safely capture animals.

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