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COEUR D ALENE, Idaho -- An officer shot and killed a dog Wednesday morning near 8th Street and Sherman. Investigators described the dog as a vicious pit bull and said it lunged at the officer. However, the dog's owner said the dog was a black lab, not a pit bull.

The incident began Wednesday morning when an officer responded to call about a suspicious van. The caller claimed the driver of van was watching young children from a nearby parking lot. The coffee shop owners reported the white van because they thought it was possibly connected to a child luring case.

When an officer approached the van with his gun drawn, the dog lunged out of the open driver s side window according to Coeur d Alene Police Department officials. The officer said the pit bull lunged at his face. Investigators said the officer fired one round from his service weapon and shot the dog in the chest. It later died.

The driver of the van, Craig Jones, was not in the vehicle at the time of the shooting. Jones said he was nearby eating breakfast when the shooting happened.

This still isn t even real to me, Jones told KREM 2 News.

Jones raised the two-year-old black lab named Arfie and said the dog did not have a mean bone in his body.

If my dog is barking and wondering who's peering through the windows he doesn't care if you're a cop, an attorney, or President Bush. He doesn't know any difference, said Jones.

Coeur d Alene OD leaders said the officer who shot the dog was distraught following the incident. Authorities also said they believe the child predator who has been spotted in a similar white van is still on the loose.

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