Off-duty sheriff’s deputy who killed pet dog resigns, may face charges

A sheriff's deputy who shot a Park County family's dog has resigned. (Credit: Brown family)

A sheriff's deputy who shot a Park County family's dog has resigned. (Credit: Brown family)

PARK COUNTY, Colo. — A sheriff’s deputy who killed a Park County family’s dog has resigned from his job, the Park County Sheriff’s Office announced Friday.

“(The deputy) exercised extremely poor judgment in this case. He has submitted his resignation, which was accepted,” the Park County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement. “This case has been submitted to the District Attorney’s Office for review and to determine if charges should be brought forward.”

Deputy Matthew Jackmond shot his neighbors’ 16-year-old German Shepherd in late August near Bailey, while the family was attending a wedding in Denver, owner Laura Brown said. Jackmond was off-duty at the time, and dumped the dog’s body in a ditch before the family arrived home.

Jackmond reportedly told neighbors that he had mistaken the dog for a coyote, but another neighbor claimed to have seen the deputy jabbing the dog with a stick before walking into his house to get his gun and calmly shooting the dog in the head. Neither version of events could be confirmed.

“The neighbor had come over and told him if we seen blood in the driveway not to be alarmed because there was a coyote that he had shot,” Brown said.

She slowly realized he was actually talking about their dog, Shiva.

“That’s not a coyote, that’s my dog!” she told him.

The incident happened just days after a mandatory task force was formed in Colorado to train law enforcement on less-violent methods of dealing with pets.