Jackson Police Investigate Shooting
A Jackson woman told police that a bullet she meant for a dog struck her husband in the chest.
The shooting happened after 3 p.m. on Oakhurst Drive, police said.
The man was taken to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries, police said. His name was not immediately known.
The dog, named Cocaine, appeared to be a pit bull. She was also expected to be treated for a bullet wound, said the dog's owner, Lazarius Montgomery. Residents said the dog was trying to bite children in the neighborhood, but Montgomery disagreed.
"She was probably playing," Montgomery said. "She's real playful and all that, but I don't think she really bit nobody."
Officer Colendula Green said it wasn't immediately clear if the woman would face charges in connection with the shooting.
Police said the incident was under investigation.
Update July 15, 2011 - The following article is from The Clarion-Ledger:
Woman shooting at dog kills husband
Jackson police received a call today that a woman trying to shoot a dog shot her husband instead.
According to witnesses, a pit bull tried to attack some children in the neighborhood. The woman pulled a gun and fired one round at the dog but instead shot her husband in the chest. He later died.
The dog was picked up by animal control.
Update July 15, 2011 - The following article is by Howard Ballou, WLBT:
Woman fatally shoots husband and injures dog
A Jackson man is dead and a neighborhood pet is injured after a shooting by the victim's wife. She said she was aiming at a pit bull, attacking children, but neighborhood kids say there was no dog attack. Now, Jackson police are trying to sort it all out.
Jackson police officer Colendula Green said, "The dog was trying to attack the kids in the neighborhood and at that time, the wife did shoot at the dog but instead shot her husband in the chest area."
Robert Ferguson is the cousin of the dog's owner. He said, "The man that got shot, he was outside with the kids. That's all we know, we just heard the four gunshots."
The bullets from one of those gunshots struck Lazarius Montgomery's 8-month-old pit bulldog.
Montgomery said, "I was in the house sleep and my cousin, right here, told me that somebody shot my dog. I saw a bullet hole in her leg. I don't know what happened."
The dog, named "Cocaine" was found bleeding on the back porch. Ferguson said the dog is always fenced in and couldn't have gotten out.
"Somebody had to pick her up out the gate. Ain' t no way she could've got out the gate. She can't jump the gate, just 8-months, a puppy," said Ferguson.
Witnesses, WLBT talked to, said there was no attack on neighborhood children at the time of the shooting. The dog was picked up by animal control officers and Officer Green says the owner could face charges.
Betty Walker has not been charged in her husband's death, but Officer Green says the case will be turned over to a grand jury.
Update July 16, 2011 - The following article is from Greenwich Time:
Police: MS Woman shot at pit bull, killed husband
A woman shot at a pit bull puppy and killed her husband, Jackson police said.
The death Friday of Robert Walker, 53, appears accidental, police spokeswoman Colendula Green said. She said Betty Walker was not arrested and a Hinds County grand jury will decide whether to charge her.
Green said Betty Walker fired a .38-caliber revolver twice, hitting the 8-month-old dog in the left front leg and hitting Robert Walker in the chest about 3:20 p.m. Friday. Walker died in a hospital two hours later.
Animal control officers took the dog, named "Cocaine."
Witnesses told police that Betty Walker pulled out the gun and fired after the dog tried to attack children, and its owner may face charges, Green said.
Robert Walker Jr. said his father put the children in the house, then picked up the dog just as his mother started shooting. "I guess my dad threw the dog, and when he threw him, she shot him in the upper right part of his chest," he said.
The dog's owner, Lazarius Montgomery, said his cousin Robert Ferguson, 19, woke him to tell him his dog had been shot. The dog wasn't aggressive, he said: "She was probably playing. She's real playful and all that, but I don't think she really bit nobody."
Ferguson said the puppy is kept in a fenced yard.
"Somebody had to pick her up out the gate," he said. "Ain' t no way she could've got out the gate. She can't jump the gate, just 8-months, a puppy."
Update July 19, 2011 - The following article is from CT Post:
Dog at center of fatal shooting at pound
Officials say an 8-month-old pit bull that a Texas woman was aiming for when she fatally shot her husband is still in police custody.
Jackson Police Department spokeswoman Colendula Green tells The Clarion-Ledger the dog is being held at the city pound.
Robert Walker Sr. and Betty Walker of Houston were visiting their son's home Friday when the dog jumped the fence and came into the yard to tug on the shirttail of a 7-year-old relative who was among children outside.
Betty Walker escorted the children inside and came back with a gun. Finding her husband holding the dog, police say Betty Walker fired two shots, one of which hit her husband in the chest and the other struck the dog.
Police have said the dog's owner could face charges.