Friday, May 27, 2011

Man jailed, dog shot after Keizer dispute

By Jeff Thompson, KGW

A man was arrested for felony assault and strangulation, and his dog was shot and killed by an officer after a domestic dispute Thursday in Keizer, police said.
Keizer Police officers responded just before 9 p.m. to a domestic disturbance call in the 1300 block of Country Glen Avenue NE. A neighbor had reported she heard a loud argument in which a female yelled, “You’re choking me,” according to Capt. Jeff Kuhns, with Keizer police.
Two officers arrived and talked to Wendy Lynn Calmes, who lived in the house with her 4-year-old daughter and 1-year-old son. Her ex-husband, LaNell DaRouse, was staying at the house. Officers said Calmes had visible injuries to her neck and chest, and told officers DaRouse had assaulted her.
Sgt. Jeff Goodman tried to talk to DaRouse, but was confronted by a pit bull as he walked up the stairs. The dog charged Goodman twice before DaRouse shut it in a bedroom.
Police handcuffed DaRouse and took him outside. A few moments later, Calmes realized her 1-year-old son was shut in the bedroom alone with the dog. As she went to get her son out of the room, the dog escaped and ran down the stairs, this time fixating on an officer in the living room.
Calmes unsuccessfully tried to control the dog, but it lunged at the officer and he fatally shot it in the head.
Neither of the children in the home witnessed the shooting, Kuhns said.
The officers arrested DaRouse for one count of fourth-degree domestic assault and five counts of strangulation.
DaRouse was lodged in the Marion County Correctional Facility.

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