April 11, 2006

Perpetuating the Stereotype, Volume MCXIII

Via Dave Helton at Red Georgia Clay, what happens when you have cats, dogs, firearms, and rednecks around your house:

Dispute over dog and cat ends in shooting

A dispute between two Catoosa County neighbors Sunday night ended in a shootout with one man suffering gunshot wounds to the head and chest.

According to Catoosa County Sheriff Phil Summers, Terry Dewitt McDaniel of 48 Mark Lane, shot his neighbor’s dog. He claimed the dog, which belonged to William Beyer of 93 Campbell Circle, was chasing his cat.

Summers said Beyer’s wife told him the dog had been shot and he got a handgun and went to McDaniel’s residence to confront him.

“During the altercation, Mr. McDaniel and Mr. Beyer exchanged gunfire,” Summers said. “Mr. McDaniel was not injured. Mr. Beyer suffered from gunshot wounds to the head and chest area from Mr. McDaniel’s shotgun.”

Beyer was transported to Erlanger Medical Center by ambulance around 8 p.m. for treatment and authorities arrested McDaniel and charged him with a misdemeanor for cruelty to animals, Summers said.

Beyer’s condition is not life threatening, according to the sheriff, although he may have suffered an eye injury from one of the shots.

McDaniel was released after posting a $2,500 bond Monday morning. The case is still under investigation and the Sheriff’s Department is consulting with the Catoosa District Attorney’s office to determine if additional charges will be filed, Summers said.

See?! This is why I don't need a cat or a dog--nobody'll get mad and come gunning for me when I shoot up a bunch of stupid mice.

Posted by Terry Oglesby at April 11, 2006 12:05 PM

Um, he shot his NEIGHBOR,

And was charged with misdemeanor Cruelty to ANIMALS?

What does that say about his Neighbor?

Posted by: Eric at April 11, 2006 03:21 PM

I think it says that despite Beyer being real angry about his dog getting shot up, he didn't have the right to go onto McDaniel's property and try to kill him.

Sometimes it's best to let John Law handle things like this rather than go off and try to fix it yourself.

Posted by: Terry Oglesby at April 11, 2006 03:53 PM