Confusion Surrounds Shooting

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POSTED: Monday, July 18, 2011 - 9:18am

UPDATED: Monday, July 18, 2011 - 9:19am

Woman claims shot that killed her husband was meant for attacking pit bull.

A Jackson, Mississippi 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.

53-year-old Robert Walker was killed by his wife, Betty, in what Jackson police are calling an accidental shooting.

"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," said Jackson police officer Colendula Green said.

"The man that got shot, he was outside with the kids. That's all we know, we just heard the four gunshots," said neighbor Robert Ferguson.

The bullets from one of those gunshots struck Lazarius Montgomery's 8-month-old pit bulldog.

"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," Montgomery said.

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 ,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.
 

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