Dog Poop Shooting

Wednesday, February 15, 2012 - 11:16am

Sidewalk poop dispute ends in fatal shooting.

A dispute over dog poop turned deadly in Philadelphia Tuesday evening.

Tyrirk Harris, 27, is accused of killing his 47-year-old neighbor Franklin Manuel Santana, according to Philadelphia Police.

Cops say Santana confronted Harris over his dogs.

"A German Shepherd and a Chihuahua -- these dogs were running free," said Philadelphia Police Chief Inspector Scott Small. "There were dog feces on several of the neighbor's yards. That's what led to this particular confrontation."

Police say Harris then pulled out a 9-mm handgun and shot his neighbor several times, striking Santana twice in the neck.

"He didn't run," said one witness. "He stood there, shocked that he did what he did."

The shooting was apparently the boiling point of an ongoing dispute.

"We believe this is not an isolated incident," said Inspector Small. "There have been arguments over these dogs in the past."

Neighbors say the victim left behind a wife and a 2-month-old baby.

"It's a shame," said one neighbor. "It's a shame that our world has gotten so bad like this."

"There's no need to die over a dog," said another neighbor. "That's ridiculous."

Harris was charged with murder early Wednesday.

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