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D.C. man who shot dogs biting boy could face charges

Posted by on Jan. 24, 2013 at 4:44 PM
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Would you throw the book at this man?

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2013/jan/23/man-who-shot-dogs-biting-boy-could-face-charges/

D.C. police are investigating whether a man will face criminal charges for shooting a pit bull that was attacking a child in his neighborhood.

The incident unfolded Sunday afternoon, after three pit bulls attacked an 11-year-old boy as he rode his bicycle through the Brightwood neighborhood of Northwest, according to a police report.

When the man, a neighbor, saw the boy being mauled by the dogs, he went inside his home and got a gun. The man killed one of the dogs. The gunfire attracted the attention of a police officer in the area near Eighth and Sheridan streets, where the attack occurred. The officer responded and shot the other two pit bulls as they continued to attack the boy.

The police report, which did not identify any of the people involved, said the boy suffered severe lacerations. The Washington Post, which first reported the details of the shooting, quoted the boy’s uncle as saying the boy was also shot in the foot.

Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman Gwendolyn Crump said Wednesday that the entire case, including whether the man legally owned the gun he used to kill the dog, is under investigation.

While public opinion might be supportive of the man’s actions, he could still face significant charges depending on the outcome of the investigation, criminal defense attorney Daniel Gross said.

“I’ve seen cases where people used weapons in defense of others, but the U.S. attorney’s office is not always so understanding,” said Mr. Gross, who represents many clients charged with firearms-related crimes in the District. “There are certain defenses one could try, like self-defense or defense of others, but that wouldn’t really go to whether they charge you.”

The man could face a host of charges depending on the specifics of the case, including whether the gun used is a registered firearm that the man was legally permitted to own, Mr. Gross said. Possession of an unregistered firearm or ammunition is punishable by up to one year in prison and a $1,000 fine, and determining whether the man legally possessed the gun used will likely have greater bearing on the way the case is handled, Mr. Gross said.

Low-level unregistered firearms and ammunitions charges generally are prosecuted by the D.C. office of the attorney general, but additional charges could mean the case is bumped up to the U.S. attorney’s office.

“In this case, it would likely be the U.S. attorney’s office, and their discretion is sometimes less than local prosecutors,” Mr. Gross said.

Also to be taken into consideration is whether the man was within his property line when he fired the weapon — a small but significant distinction. Mr. Gross said it could mean the difference in whether he could be charged with carrying a pistol without a license.


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by on Jan. 24, 2013 at 4:44 PM
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candlegal
by Judy on Jan. 24, 2013 at 4:47 PM
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I was just reading about this.   Throw the book at him, they should give him a commendation.   He probably saved the boys life.  If he hadn't shot the first dog, the policeman who shot the other two probably wouldn't have known what was going on.

gizmo538
by Member on Jan. 24, 2013 at 4:49 PM
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I applaud the man's actions. I would've done the same. It just really sucks that the gun laws in that state are against him. Hopefully, whatever the outcome is I hope they will give his actions some consideration as well because had he had not done anything that little boy would be dead.

However the last part doesn't matter. Whether he was on his own property or not? Who cares he was saving someone's life!

pamelax3
by Gold Member on Jan. 24, 2013 at 4:50 PM
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There should be no charges filed, he saves this young mans life

pamelax3
by Gold Member on Jan. 24, 2013 at 4:51 PM
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Now the pit bull owners should be charged if they were running loose

momtimesx4
by Silver Member on Jan. 24, 2013 at 4:55 PM

Well, if David Gregory can get off on national TV, this guy should get a medal

Woodbabe
by Woodie on Jan. 24, 2013 at 4:57 PM
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Quoting pamelax3:

Now the pit bull owners should be charged if they were running loose

They should also be forced to pay his legal costs!

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KTU
by on Jan. 24, 2013 at 4:58 PM
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What a complete waste of taxpayers money! He saved the boys life. If they want to throw the book at someone, maybe they should find the dog owners.

pamelax3
by Gold Member on Jan. 24, 2013 at 4:58 PM

 


Quoting Woodbabe:


Quoting pamelax3:

Now the pit bull owners should be charged if they were running loose

They should also be forced to pay his legal costs!

I agree..they should pay for everything

 

Momniscient
by Ruby Member on Jan. 24, 2013 at 5:00 PM
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Well...

It appears his gun wasn't legal. What are they supposed to do? What's the answer?

ETA: It also says they are investigating. That doesn't mean that he is charged with anything.

Also it should be confirmed if the boy was shot in the foot or not as that means they HAVE to investigate.


LAHnTAH0812
by Bronze Member on Jan. 24, 2013 at 5:14 PM
as a pit bull owner, i am dismayed at yet another irresponsible owner not only raising vicious dogs- but letting them out (even if it was an accident). this man should be commended for his heroic actions- and if his gun was illegal he KNEW damn well he was putting himself at risk to save this child. isn't there a good samaritan law that protects him in some way?
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