By The Associated Press
JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — A woman shot at a pit bull puppy and killed her husband, Jackson police said.
The death Friday of Robert Walker, 53, appears accidental, police spokeswoman Colendula Green said. She said Betty Walker was not arrested and a Hinds County grand jury will decide whether to charge her.
Green said Betty Walker fired a .38-caliber revolver twice, hitting the 8-month-old dog in the left front leg and hitting Robert Walker in the chest about 3:20 p.m. Friday. Walker died in a hospital two hours later.
Animal control officers took the dog, named “Cocaine.”
Witnesses told police that Betty Walker pulled out the gun and fired after the dog tried to attack children, and its owner may face charges, Green said.
Robert Walker Jr. said his father put the children in the house, then picked up the dog just as his mother started shooting. “I guess my dad threw the dog, and when he threw him, she shot him in the upper right part of his chest,” he said.
The dog’s owner, Lazarius Montgomery, said his cousin Robert Ferguson, 19, woke him to tell him his dog had been shot. The dog wasn’t aggressive, he said: “She was probably playing. She’s real playful and all that, but I don’t think she really bit nobody.”
Ferguson said the puppy is kept in a fenced yard.
“Somebody had to pick her up out the gate,” he said. “Ain’ t no way she could’ve got out the gate. She can’t jump the gate, just 8-months, a puppy.”