An Arkansas woman was arrested and charged with aggravated assault after reportedly firing a warning shot at a teenager whom she said she found raping a neighbor's dog.
The incident occurred on April 17, said local police Detective Jeremiah Nicholson of Benton County, Arkansas, according to the Daily Mail. The teenager, publicly referred to "N" or "NM," was charged with bestiality and criminal trespass after officers received a report that a "juvenile male sexually assaulted a dog."
"I heard my dog Linus barking like crazy so I looked out my bedroom window and saw N with his boxers on and the dog he raped last time," Kellie Lenkerd, who fired the gun, said in a written statement. "I got my gun out of my safe and went out my back door. I told him to get on the f***ing ground and pointed my gun at him. He asked me if the gun was real and I said what the f*** do you think."
In the statement, Lenkerd recounted that she then repeated her command to the teenager to get on the ground, but he moved toward her fence.
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"I unlocked my fence and he jumped the fence," she added. "He started to run and I pointed the gun to the ground and fired to scare him. He kept running and said you crazy b****. I headed in and took my gun inside and called 911."
While she was still outside, Lenkerd reportedly noticed that the boy had left his clothes, iPad and headphones, so she said that she grabbed the electronics so that she would have "evidence if it was him this time."
When police came to respond to her report, they arrested her and charged her with a Class D felony and released her on bail for $5,000.
"I was sitting next to window working on a computer," recounted Patricia Peterson, the owner of the dog that was sexually assaulted. "I heard what sounded like a firecracker against a garage door. I looked up and saw NM running behind my pick-up and across the street."
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Peterson said that she has twin 14-year-old boys and that they are friends with the unnamed teenager.
Though many gun owners might consider firing a warning shot to be a safe, harmless way to defuse a dangerous situation, state laws often do not see it that way, according to The Ohio Guide to Firearm Laws via Second Call Defense. Legally, warning shots are often seen as either a shot intended to kill that missed or proof that lethal force was not needed, which can result in the gun owner being criminally charged.
Sources: Daily Mail, The Ohio Guide to Firearm Laws via Second Call Defense / Photo Credit: Mesa Tactical/Flickr