Neighbor shoots dog that was being walked by 9-year-old
Wed, 13 Oct 2010 02:58:00 GMT —
Update: Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 5:46 p.m.
Jefferson City Police return to the scene to investigate dog shooting.
"There are a lot of things still at play and everything is still, I guess, fair game in terms of what may be the outcome, Jefferson City Police Capt. Doug Shoemaker said.
Update: Wednesday, Oct. 13 at 11:04 a.m.
Jefferson City Police Capt. Doug Shoemaker said that the police are investigating the case. He continued to say that it is not closed and is an on-going investigation.
Cole County Prosecutor Mark Richardson said that he has not seen a police report on the case and cannot charge anyone until the report is sent to his office.
A 9-year-old Jefferson City boy is still very upset, because his dog was shot and killed in front of him Monday night.
"I was walking my dog and I walked him down the hill. There was another person and he had a dog, Jerry Adams said. "I was holding on to [the dog] and he pulled out a gun and shot him."
Jerry said he couldn't believe what happened to his dog, Echo, in the alley down the street from his home on Ashley Street.
Jerry said the man told him that he is going to kill his dog now before he pulled out the gun and fired the shot.
The man who shot the dog is no stranger to Jerry, he's his neighbor.
The 57-year old told officers he did it because the pit bull charged at him.
The man hasn't been arrested or charged with a crime; and Jerry TMs mother wants to know why.
"I TMm outraged for one because they didn't arrest him. He pointed a gun at my child, Jerry TMs Mother Joy Adams said. Shot a dog who was on a leash and they didn't do anything. This man lives three houses up. My son is terrified to come off the porch and be outside. He doesn't want our other dog to come outside because he's scared what he's going to do."
Joy said that their pit bull was not aggressive and she doesn't know why the man shot him.
"He TMs a puppy. He TMs playful, Joy said. Of course he's a pit so everyone thinks he's aggressive. His whole back end shakes so hard because he is so excited to see people just from his tail wagging."
Jerry won't see that playful side of Echo ever again, and until police take action he won't be outside walking the family's other dog either.
Jefferson City Police said the man could be charged with unlawful use of a weapon.