Most NWI Gazette readers are familiar with the case of Atka and Kenai. They are the two dogs shot several times by 4 Crown Point Police Officers last week. (full story here: <Full Story ) A review of the police report paints a picture of police officers who were not in control of the situation. The Gazette spoke with several law enforcement officers, none of whom would go on record, and each of them was astounded that the homeowner appeared to be directing the police officers. The report provided to the Gazette indicates “A few moments later, the coyotes began acting normally and running in close proximity to Janet Hawn. David Hawn advised me again that he wanted the coyotes shot.” Off the record, a state police officer told the Gazette “this is deadly force, citizens should never be in control of when an officer uses deadly force.” When shown a map of the area and asked about the possibility of danger in using deadly force, the officer just shook his head and did not comment.
The Gazette has uncovered information indicating that the homeowner directing the scene is a longtime town employee. The State of Indiana website confirms that David L. Hawn is a licensed wastewater treatment operator. Additionally, a 2008 document filed with the Indiana Department of Environmental Management lists “Dave Hawn” as a respondible employee in Mayor David Uran’s Quality of Life Plan ( http://www.in.gov/idem/files/CrownPoint_QLP_20080625.pdf see p. 6) The Gazette has not been able to reach city officials for comment on whether or not this is the same David Hawn involved in this incident. It should be noted that there are at least three people with the name David Hawn found in County records.
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