Lafayette police officer injured in accidental shooting by fellow officer

LAFAYETTE, Ind. -- A Lafayette police officer was rushed to the hospital after being injured during an accidental shooting.

Police say the wounded officer was shot in the back by a fellow officer.

The shooting took place on North 9th Street between Union and Salem Streets before 11 a.m. Police say they were investigating a criminal mischief complaint at an apartment in the 800 block of 9th Street. The homeowner was cooperative and let them in.

Officer Lane Butler

Inside, officers say they were confronted by a large dog, who had broken out of its cage. They fled from the home and that’s when one of the officers pulled the trigger, leading to the friendly fire.

Officer Lane Butler, a three-year veteran of the department, was hit. The round traveled through the door and hit her in the back. She was wearing a protective vest, but this bullet hit in part of her that was not covered.

"It’s a very difficult day for the Lafayette police department. One of our officers was injured today," said Lafayette police Lt. Brian Phillips.

Lt. Phillips says officers investigating the complaint got information that a suspect at the home had a warrant for their arrest, but the situation only turned dangerous when the large dog rushed toward the officers.

"During the course of that investigation officers were inside the apartment, at which time a large and aggressive dog charged the officers. One officer discharged their weapon. Another officer was struck in the back," said Phillips.

Police say the aggressive dog was taken away by animal control, while Butler went to the hospital in serious condition. Luckily, she is expected to be okay.

Still, Lt. Phillips says the case illustrates how police face a dangerous job every day, no matter what they’re called to investigate.

"There’s no question about that. There’s a lot of unpredictable variables when officers are out responding to calls, so you never know what you’re going to encounter," said Phillips.

There will be both a criminal and an internal investigation into the shooting. Body cam video is expected to be released later this week.