By Davy V.
According to the police report I received from Mr. Gary Walker, Director of Communications for the City of Rochester, the Rochester, NY Police officer who shot and killed Codi, a 1 1/2 year old lost pit bull, was RPD officer C. Burgstrom.
On Monday January 7th, Steven Jodoin-Nebus’s dog Codi, whom he had rescued from a bad home when he was just 5 months old, wandered off after someone accidentally opened a home’s door.
After spending countless hours looking for his beloved pet, including posting ads in the lost and found section of Craigslist, Steven learned that his best friend had been shot and killed by a Rochester, NY Police officer.
Perhaps more disturbing than the fact that Codi was executed by a trigger-happy Rochester, NY Police officer, is what the report says.
Codi was executed by Rochester, NY Police officer C. Burgstrom with a Remington shotgun.
But that’s not all.
Officer Burgstrom executed Codi, shooting him in the head, after hitting the dog with his police cruiser.
At first, while reading the report I thought that the dog may have been shot to be put out of his misery due to being hit by the patrol car, but no, as I continued reading the report, it got harder and harder to believe the RPD’s story, as the report states that after Burgstrom hit the dog with his car, the dog then tried to attack people on the Charlotte pier at Lake Ontario.
Here is the report’s addendum:
ON DUTY UNIFORMED OFFICERS MARONE AND C. BURGSTROM RESPONDED TO THE AREA OF 1 BEACH AV FOR THE REPORT OF A LOOSE PIT BULL. ANIMAL CONTROL DID NOT INITIALLY RESPOND AS THEIR UNITS WERE TIED UP ON A HOUSE FIRE CALL. BURGSTROM AND MARONE LOCATED THE PIT BULL IN THE AREA OF BEACH AV/ALPHA ST. OFFICER MARONE ATTEMPTED TO APPROACH THE DOG. IT BECAME AGGRESSIVE AND CHARGED AT OFFICER MARONE FORCING HIM TO JUMP ONTO THE ROOF OF HIS PATROL CAR TO AVOID AN ATTACK. THE DOG THEN RAN OFF. A FEW MINUTES LATER OFC. BURGSTROM WAS DRIVING WESTBOUND ON BEACH AVE AT ESTES ST. WHEN THE DOG RAN IN FRONT OF HIS PATROL CAR (W-47). HE DID NOT HAVE TIME TO STOP AND STRUCK THE DOG WITH THE FRONT OF THE CAR. THE DOG WAS NOW INJURED AND RAN INTO ONTARIO STATE PARK. ANIMAL CONTROL OFFICER ROBALD LODAR, AND OFFICERS BURGSTROM AND MARONE ATTEMPTED FOR 20 MINUTES TO CAPTURE THE DOG DURING WHICH TIME THE DOG RAN ONTO THE PIER, CHASING 2 UNKNOWN PEDESTRIANS FROM THE PIER. AFTER MULTIPLE UNSUCCESSFUL ATTEMPTS AT CAPTURING THE DOG, IT CORNERED ITSELF ON THE BEACH AT THE WATER NEXT TO THE PIER. AS BURGSTROM AND MARONE APPROACHED WITH ANIMAL CONTROL, THE DOG STARTED TO CHARGE TOWARDS OFFICER BURGSTROM. BURGSTROM, FACING NORTH, FIRED 1 ROUND OF SLUG FROM RPD AUTHORIZED REMINGTON 870 12 GAUGE SHOTGUN (SERIAL # C703600M), STRIKING THE DOG IN THE HEAD AT APPROXIMATELY 0920 HOURS. THE SHOT KILLED THE DOG. OFFICER BURGSTROM HAD A SAFE BACKDROP WHICH WAS LAKE ONTARIO. OFFICERS MADE SURE THAT THE PIER WAS CLEAR OF PEDESTRIANS PRIOR TO USING DEADLY PHYSICAL FORCE.
THERE WERE NO WITNESSES IN THE AREA AT THE TIME OF THE INCIDENT.
I don’t buy any of it.
Apart from the fact that the RPD made sure to write up a report that makes Codi seem like he was Cujo, there are several other disturbing things in this report.
For example, the fact that not one, but two Rochester Police officers respond to a call for a loose dog at 0818 hours, which is 8:18 am, then they spend over an hour of taxpayer money, stalking, hunting down, running over, then executing a defenseless dog which was clearly retreating and running scared at 0920 hours, or 9:20 am.
Also disturbing is the fact that despite there being a trained animal control officer who, as the report states, accompanied the RPD officers onto the pier, the officers DID NOT allow the animal control officer to do as he is trained to do, and take control of the injured animal.
But perhaps the most disturbing and clear sign that Rochester, NY Police officer C. Burgstrom INTENDED and WANTED to kill Codi, is the fact that officer Burgstrom exited his police cruiser with his Remington shotgun.
Had officer Burgstrom shot Codi with his Beretta PX4 Storm pistol, then perhaps the RPD could have made a better case for self defense which is after all, what they are claiming.
But the fact that officer Burgstrom made sure to grab his shotgun from his cruiser before exiting the vehicle, and walking onto that pier, is as clear an indicator as one could ask for to show his intentions.
To kill an innocent, scared, injured dog.
CALL ROCHESTER, NY POLICE CHIEF JAMES SHEPPARD: (585) 428-7033
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