Man Tries To Shoot Wife’s Dog, Accidentally Shoots Himself In The Face
A Florida man threatened to shoot his wife’s dog, then accidentally fatally shot himself in the face.
[su_center_ad]My Fox Tampa reports:
Dennis Emery was no stranger to the law. He had run-ins with Pinellas Park police 34 times since 2012, and was arrested last month three times in less than a week.
But Tuesday morning, police got their final call from his home.
According to the Tampa Bay Times, police said Emery was upset because he could not find his lighter.
“He was involved in a domestic disturbance with his wife. During that disturbance he retrieves a firearm, he produces the firearm, and he threatens to shoot one of the family’s animals,” Pinellas Park police’s Sgt. Adam Geissenberger said on Tuesday.
According to authorities, Emery cocked the gun, lowered the hammer, and then for some reason turned the gun around toward his face right as it fired.
Investigators believe it was an accident based on witness accounts.
“It’s a shame. It’s a damn shame. I never figured him to be irresponsible with a handgun,” Emery’s next door neighbor Dallas Collins said.
Emery’s wife owned 13 border collies and he said the barking was a constant problem between the couple, Collins said.
“Anytime, day or night, it doesn’t matter,” he said.
None of the dogs were injured from the shooting, but Emery inadvertently took his own life.
“We’re very close the holiday. Loss of life, regardless of the situation, is very tragic and now this family has to deal with the loss of a loved one very close to the holidays,” Geissenberger added.
Officials have determined the shooting to be accidental but suicide hasn’t been ruled out.
‘Sources say’ the dog could be heard snickering after the shot struck Mr. Emery. [su_csky_ad]