Benjamin Srigley, who used his unregistered Ruger 9 mm handgun to kill a pit bull that was attacking a boy in Washington D.C., has been fined $1000.
Srigley won't face criminal charges, but is required to pay a $1,000 fine for the three unregistered firearms and ammo that police found in his possession, reports the Washington Times.
Possession of an unregistered firearm or ammo in Washington D.C. is punishable by up to one year in jail and a $1,000 fine.
Back in January, 11-year-old Jayeon Simon and his friend were riding bicycles when three unleashed pit bulls jumped on Jayeon and attacked him.
Witnessing the attack, Srigley went inside his home to get his handgun while several other men jumped fences to flee the dogs.
From behind the fence on his front lawn, Srigley began firing at the dogs.
The gun shots got the attention of a police officer on bicycle patrol, who also opened fire on the dogs, killing the other two.
The boy survived the attack, but has scars on his elbow, torso and leg.
“I don’t think he should be charged at all because it’s an act of heroism,” said Chris Speight, a cousin of Jayeon.
Prosecutors are going to press charges against the dogs’ owner Alan Paige, who will face three counts of possession of a dangerous dog, having an unleashed dog and allowing a dog to go without a collar.
Source: Washington Times