Police appeal fails in fatal shooting of Michigan pit bull

The ruling handed down last week reversed an opinion from U.S. District Judge B. Lynn Winmill, who said federal courts didn't have jurisdiction to enforce a ruling from the Coeur d'Alene Tribal Court against non-tribal members, Boise State Public Radio reported. The appellate court disagreed.

JACKSON, Mich. (AP) - An appeals court says a lawsuit can proceed against police in the fatal shooting of a pit bull inside a Jackson home.

A Jackson officer walked through the front door without knocking and encountered a dog named Kane. The dog dashed down stairs and growled before it was shot in 2014.

There's no dispute that Officer Matthew Peters didn't have a warrant to enter the home. He had a court order to find a man who needed medication, but that person didn't even live at the address.

Peters says he reasonably believed he had entered a common area in the building, not an apartment. But that argument was rejected Tuesday by a federal appeals court. The court says a jury can decide if a growling dog was an imminent threat.

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