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Salt Lake City officer who shot dog is Trolley Square ‘hero’

Investigation » Brett Olsen was searching for missing boy when he shot Sugar House man’s pet.

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"I can explain the basic circumstances, and that is, he entered the yard looking for a lost child. He was threatened by the dog, and he shot the dog," responds Sgt. Joseph Cyr, who Kendall would later credit for his compassion and empathy. "That’s as simple as it gets."

"He was threatened by the dog?" Kendall asks. "So, backing up slowly and leaving the residence is not an option?"

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“Justice for Geist”

P The dog-owning community can show its solidarity for Sean Kendall and his dog, Geist, by attending a rally on Saturday outside the Salt Lake Police Department’s headquarters at 475 S. 300 East from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., according to the Humane Society of Utah.

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When Kendall asks for the officer’s name, those on the scene identify him as "Officer Olsen."

During the video, Kendall becomes increasingly enraged and upset. The officers remain calm and professional while expressing their sympathy.

"Thanks officer, have a good day," Kendall says as he begins to sob at the end of the video. "I need to go bury my dog."

Olsen was one of three police officers who shot and killed 18-year-old Sulejman Talovic at Trolley Square on Feb. 12, 2007.

Talovic walked into Trolley Square that evening and began shooting people, apparently at random, with a 12-gauge shotgun and a .38-caliber pistol.

He killed five people and wounded four others before he was killed by police.

No motive for the shooting spree has been determined.


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