Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Police investigate more into dog shooting

By Lucas Bond, KRCG

Police went back to the scene after KRCG covered a story about a boy's best friend, being shot by the neighbor.
"I was walking my dog and I walked him down the hill,” 9-year-old dog owner Jerry Adams said. “There was another person and he had a dog. I was holding on to [the dog] and he pulled out a gun and shot him."
Now, Jerry and his family want justice.
The Adam's family said their neighbor should be charged with a crime after shooting the family's pit bull, Echo.
Police said the 57-year-old man said he shot the dog in self defense.
However, police said they are investigating the case to figure out exactly what happened.
"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. “So we make sure we do it properly, we have to look at every possible aspect of what could have taken place."
Shoemaker said that the 57-year-old man told police that the boy lost control of the dog and that the dog charged him.
Jerry’s mother said that's not the case.
"The leash was two feet long. The dog was on the leash,” Jerry's Mother Joy Adams said. “He was standing right next to him. From what my son told me, he pointed the gun at him, cocked it, said I’m going to shoot your dog; and turned the gun on the dog and shot him."
Shoemaker said what KRCG reported Tuesday evening helped officers learn more about the incident.
"Sometimes people are more apt to say something to the media that they won't say to the police,” Shoemaker said. “But that helps us because then we can say okay they said this to them, maybe we can find out more about it. So that actually helps us to maybe flush the case a little bit more."
Police did take the man's gun away from him. But wouldn't say if he had a conceal and carry permit.
As of Tuesday night the neighbor has not been charged with a crime.
The prosecuting attorney said he is still waiting for paperwork from police.
Police originally said they would ask the prosecutor to charge the man with unlawful use of a weapon.
Police also said that it's too early to tell if the man could also be charged with child endangerment.
Police also want to make it clear that this was an isolated incident and that other pets are not in danger.

Update October 14, 2010 10:04pm - The following article is by Alexandra Jones and Madupe Idowu, KOMU:

Dog Shooting In Jefferson City
Police are still investigating the shooting of a nine year old boy's pit bull. The shooting happened Monday evening at about 8:45 p.m.

Jerry Adams was walking his dog, Ecko, as usual when another dog walker shot and killed his dog.

According to the police report, the suspect claims he was attacked by Adams' dog.

"I was standing right here and Ecko's chain fell because he was moving too fast. I couldn't pull him. So he went turning down in the alley and the dude was standing right there," said Adams.

That "dude" lives just a few houses down from Adams.

"When Ecko was turning, he got a gun out and pointed a gun out and shot him," said Adams.

KOMU spoke with a neighbor who claimed to be an eye witness. He says the young boy's pit bull attacked the suspect.

Another neighbor who did want to reveal her identity says she heard the loud boom outside her living room.

"After I heard the gun shot, I jumped up and ran outside to see what was going on," she said.

Immediately after the incident, Jerry's mom said she confronted the man who shot her dog.

"He looked at me in my face with a smug look on his face and he said he tried to attack me very calmly," said Joy Adams.

But in the midst of this tragic incident, comes a happy ending.

A stranger who heard about Jerry's loss donated a new puppy to the nine year old. He also has offered to pay for all the shots for the dog.

The dog's name is Okce. It's Ecko spelled backwards.

Police say the investigation should wrap up in about 2 days. They plan to get paper work to the prosecutors office within that time frame.  

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