CORRECTION: A previous version of this story misspelled Bryan Lingo's name.

No disciplinary action will be taken against a police sergeant who shot and killed a dog in a Broomfield street in June. The dog was shot after it attacked a bystander and the officer, who were trying to help his owner, who had collapsed in the street.

Tuesday morning, police announced via a news release that a review of the incident was complete and that "the officer acted within Broomfield's policies and ordinances. As a result, no further administrative actions will occur."

The release did not mention the name of the officer, but Broomfield City Attorney Bill Tuthill said the sergeant who shot the dog was Bryan Lingo.

The incident unfolded when an unidentified 83-year-old man was walking his dog — an 86-pound Staffordshire terrier, according to police — in the 1900 block of Dover Street and collapsed around 9:35 a.m. June 20.

A Dover Street resident saw the man collapse and called 911. She then ran out to help him, but was bitten on the forearm by the dog, Broomfield police Sgt. Steve Griebel said on the day of the incident.

When police arrived, Lingo also tried to help the man. The man told Lingo to take his dog by the leash, and when Lingo did so, he also was attacked by the dog, Griebel said in June.


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The review — conducted by the Broomfield Police Department and the Broomfield City Manager's Office — looked at whether the officer's actions were in compliance with "Broomfield Municipal Code that authorizes the destruction of a vicious animal," according to the news release.

In situations where an officer shoots his weapon, Tuthill said the police department typically uses an independent, inter-agency "shoot team" to decide whether police acted appropriately.

After Lingo shot the dog, the police department called the District Attorney's Office to help assemble a shoot team investigation.

However, the DA's office declined to be part of the investigation, saying the incident did not qualify for a shoot team investigation, because the officer did not fire at a person, Tuthill said.

Instead of having a shoot team investigate the incident, Broomfield police and the City Manager's Office used the municipal code to decide whether Lingo acted appropriately.

Tuthill served as a legal consultant to make sure Broomfield was correctly following the statutes and policies, he said.

Lingo was hired with the Broomfield Police Department in 1992, and was promoted to sergeant in 1999. Most recently, he was an administrative sergeant who dealt with residents complaints, compliments and input, said police spokeswoman Joleen Reefe.

At the beginning of 2014, Lingo was reassigned to patrol, she said.

It is common for officers to rotate jobs in the police department to keep employees challenged and refreshed, she said.

In a summary of the incident, the release stated that when "the officer arrived ... he discovered the dog's owner lying on the ground. A (resident) had already been bitten while trying to render aid to the man.

"The officer attempted to gather the leash of the dog that was attached to the owner's wrist ... to secure the animal and allow medical staff access to the injured owner. The officer ruled out all other alternatives to secure the dog based on the potential risk of having the dog unsecured and aggressive toward others or affecting the owner's existing health condition.

"As the officer reached for the dog's leash, the dog bit the officer's left leg. The dog continued to hold the bite and the officer was forced to shoot the dog to prevent further injury."

Police have not released the names of the man who collapsed in the street or the bystander who was bitten.

When asked about the conditions of all the people involved, Reefe said "everybody involved in the incident is back at home."