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Deputy Shoots Mans Dog Then Arrests Him After Trailer Burns Down

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On March 6, 2015, Junkins watched his trailer burn down with his all his possessions inside. His wife, Angie, and his black lab, named Mr. Bear, made it out. “He was an inside dog. He never slept outside in his life,” said Junkins. “He was like a son to me. To some people, that may sound funny.

Deputies arrived later that evening, about 10 hours after the fire. A driver had called police to say a man was acting strangely, sitting in the roadway.

Deputy Daniel De Jong walked down the driveway to where the trailer used to be. A dog ran out of the darkness and growled, the deputy reacted on instinct and shot the dog. Junkins came out yelling “Son of a bitch…you shot my dog!”

After failing to comply with De Jong’s request for him to get on the ground he said “My house burned down today and now you shot my dog!” Junkins was taken into custody without force. He was arrested for disorderly conduct for obstructing traffic.

Shooting the dog was justified, it did come after him out of the dark growling, but arresting the guy on the worst day of his life just because he sat in the street is just wrong. All it took the jury and full 20 minutes to return a verdict of not guilty for disorderly conduct.

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