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Who Was in Charge During Crown Point Dog Shooting?

20 Jul

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.

If you have additional information regarding this story, we would love to hear it.  Please write to us at ken@nwigazette.com or find us on facebook at https://www.facebook.com/TheNorthwestIndianaGazette?ref=stream

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Husky Owner Says Neighbor Wanted Her Dog’s Pelts

19 Jul

Kara Michalic spoke to the Northwest Indiana Gazette tonight. As an animal rescuer, she is appalled that the Crown Point police shot two beautiful animals. The dogs, 3 1/2 year old sisters named Atka and Kenai, were family pets who had never shown aggression. Kara explains that they were with a family down the street from the incident just minutes before. That family gave them water and in exchange received affection and kisses from the pets. The Gazette has verified this via email and hopes to speak with that family tomorrow.

A review of the police report indicates that David Hawn, the property owner, demanded repeatedly that the officers “kill the coyotes.”  The police report also indicates that the dogs were not acting aggressively.  After the shooting, Mr. Hawn apparently called the Veterinarian who received the murdered animals to state that he wanted the animal pelts.

Kara explains that her stepfather was trimming trees when the dogs escaped from the gate. Google Maps shows the area as a residential area, bounded on one side by the Erie-Lackawana Trail and a nearby baseball diamond. Lots are in the 1/4 acre size range.  Given the proximity of the bike trail, the baseball park and a golf course, it is arguable that the discharge of weapons is criminal.  Questions remain as to the nature of the threat to human life and less lethal forces which could have been used.  Did the officers have tasers?

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The Gazette would like to hear from you.  Do you believe the officers were justified in discharging their weapons in this instance?

UPDATE:  There will be a vigil at 8:30 tonight at the Crown Point Square.  All are invited to attend.