AUG. 20 UPDATE
Kane State’s Attorney Reviewing Findings of Investigation Into Dog That Was Shot in Wayne
Kane County Sheriff’s investigators have completed their inquiry into a recent incident in which a dog was shot and killed and have submitted their findings to Kane County State’s Attorney Jamie Mosser for review.
The incident occurred Aug. 10, 2021, in Wayne. Kane County Sheriff Ron Hain agreed to a request from village of Wayne officials to handle the investigation.
Mosser and her staff will review all evidence to determine whether criminal charges are appropriate.
“We will review all of the evidence from the thorough investigation performed by the Kane County Sheriff’s Office,” she said. “Based on the applicable law, we will make a determination as to whether charges are appropriate.
“I know people are interested in this case, but in the interest of justice we must be thorough.”
ORIGINAL POST AUG. 13
Sheriff’s Office Investigates After Husband of Wayne Village President Shoots, Kills Neighbor’s Dog
A Wayne man identified in media reports as the husband of the Wayne village president is under investigation after he allegedly shot and killed a neighbor’s dog.
According to a Kane County Sheriff’s Office news release, village of Wayne police and sheriff’s deputies responded at around 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 12, to the 5N600 block of Pearson Drive in Wayne after a report of shots fired.
Upon arrival, deputies learned that a homeowner, identified in media reports as Hal Phipps, the husband of Wayne Village President Eileen Phipps, fired multiple shots from a handgun at a neighbor’s two dogs who he stated were on his property and aggressively blocking his path from his boat dock to his residence.
When they arrived, officers said one dog appeared to have been struck by the gunfire. The dog did not survive.
The dog owner, identified in media reports as Joe Petit, said that a friend was swimming in the river with both dogs when Phipps began to shoot at the dogs.
The Sheriff’s Office has taken over the investigation on behalf of the Wayne Police Department. Investigators continue to review video evidence and the statements of those involved in the incident.
Kane County sheriff’s detectives will review their findings with the Kane County State Attorney’s Office after they conclude the investigation.
SOURCE: Kane County Sheriff’s Office news release, media reports