Sunday, March 27, 2011
I’m fighting the urge to frame this one as a “South v. North” issue but, seriously?
Two neighbors in Mississippi drew weapons and fired at each other in an argument over a defecating dog got way 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 taken a shit on his lawn, in a rural part of the state.
The two men gave different versions of the events.
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 Mr. Blasingame: “Just meet me at the levee and I’ll shoot you down.”
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.
Don’t people in Mississippi understand the plastic bags supermarkets put our food in at checkout are intended to be used to pick up our dog’s waste?