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Family disputes whether deputy was justified to shoot dog

September 26, 2018

LAUREL, Miss. (AP) — A Mississippi family is complaining after a sheriff’s deputy shot their dog.

Jones County Sheriff Alex Hodge tells WDAM-TV that investigator Johnathan Carter was trying to check the address of a registered sex offender Monday when a pit bull began barking and growling at him.

Hodge says Carter was backing toward his vehicle when the dog lunged. Carter fired once, killing the dog, named Zeus.

But Michael McGill says he came outside and saw Carter pull his gun and shoot the dog twice. McGill says Zeus was scratching his back when Carter shot the dog.

Hodge says deputies are trained to handle aggressive animals.

Sheriff’s records show a report of dog bite at the house in 2017, which residents deny.

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Information from: WDAM-TV, http://www.wdam.com

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