Talk about a story full of sh*t!
Two Mississippi men drew weapons and fired at each other as an argument over a defecating dog got out of control.
Jerry Blasingame, 60, has been charged with assault for shooting Terry Tehnet, 52, with a shotgun.
Mr. Tehnet was angry because he thought Mr. Blasingame’s dog had defecated on his lawn, in a rural part of the state.
Mr. Tehnet, whose injuries are not life-threatening, may also be charged.
When talking to the police, meanwhile, the two men gave different versions of what happened.
Mr. Tehnet said he visited his neighbor to complain about dog “poop” on his property.
Mr. Blasingame blamed him for shooting his dog the week before, Mr. Tehnet said, and told him: “Just meet me at the levee and I’ll shoot you down.”
Mr. Blasingame said he got his gun and drove off but Mr. Tehnet did not follow so he returned to the neighborhood.
The two men confronted one another again and each claimed the other produced a weapon first.
“He shot twice, I returned fire,” said Mr. Blasingame.
Mr. Tehnet said Mr. Blasingame opened fire first with his shotgun so he took his pistol from his car and fired back.
He said he was hit in both hands, the shoulder, chest and side by shotgun pellets.
Washington County Chief Deputy Sheriff Billy Barber said: “Homeowners and property owners need to respect each other’s property… If a dog did that in your yard, call the law. Don’t take matters into your own hands.”