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Not sure how this mistake was made, but it's a big one. 

Yesterday (Wednesday) morning in Idaho, a police officer shot and killed a dog that was in a van.  He said the pit bull lunged at him so he shot the animal.  Turns out, the dog was a black labrador retriever.  Not even remotely close to a pit bull. 

How did this incident in Idaho come to happen?  The owner of a coffee shop saw the vehicle and notified police because the van matched the description of a car belonging to a child luring suspect. The officer pulled his gun because of the serious nature of the situation.  That's when the dog, Arfie, allegedly lunged at him and the officer fired. 

The owner of the lab, Craig Jones, said Arfie didn't have a mean bone in his body and...

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

How does something like this happen?  Do people just have itchy trigger fingers for animals?  And, really?  The cop thought it was a pit bull?  Labs are no where close to resembling a pit bull.  Especially not the one in the photo above. 

 Watch more about the story in the report below.