Cops: Man Shoots At Pit Bulls, Hits 84-Year-Old Mother
MSNBC.COM - A man accidentally shot his elderly mother while trying to break up fighting pit bulls inside their home in Plantation, Florida, Tuesday night, police said.
The son told NBC Miami that he and his mother have seven pit bulls in their house; they own three and take care of four for friends.
The dogs became aggressive and started fighting each other Tuesday night, Plantation Police spokesman Detective Robert Rettig said.
The 84-year-old mother tried to separate them, and her 50-year-old son used a pistol to shoot at the dogs, but ended up hitting his mother, Rettig said.
The son, Billy, who only wanted to give his first name, said his bullet hit his mother in the leg.
"I saw the dogs were fighting. She was on the ground," Billy said.
"And I tried to break them up, and the one dog came at me," and with time of the essence, he shot, he said.
She was taken to a hospital with injuries that are not believed to be life-threatening, Rettig said, while cautioning that her injuries could be more serious because she is older.
Billy and his mom live in a gated home that looks more like a compound, with many signs that warn of the dogs.
Billy said he doesn't feel safe in the area, so that is why he keeps the pit bulls for protection.
No charges are pending, police said.
Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>
New York State illegally moving convicted sex offenders from prisons into group homes with the developmentally disabledThree State agencies are involved in placing convicted sex offenders in group homes or hiding this information from the families and the general public>>
SPOKANE, Wash. - Initiative-1639 has been the root of controversy ever since supporters began asking for signatures. It became even more complicated when the Washington Supreme Court overturned a Thurston County judges decision after the judge initially threw out over 300,000 signatures saying the petition didn't follow election law claiming it was unreadable.>>
HAYDEN, Idaho - Old Glory flies triumphantly above Hayden Meadows Elementary. But, every day at the end of school, three keepers of the flag make sure she’s in safe hands. Fifth graders Naylan Tuttle, Jack LeBreck, and Casey Dolan go through the steps necessary to make sure the U.S. flag is properly folded and stored without it ever touching the ground.>>
SPOKANE, Wash. - Update: Detectives have identified the woman found in the Spokane River September 15 just hours after releasing a rending of what she may have looked like. Detectives continue to work to determine what occurred prior to her death.>>
SPOKANE, Wash. (AP) - A new 100-bed psychiatric hospital is coming to Spokane. The Inland Northwest Behavioral Health hospital, which opens to patients in October, will have about 200 employees. The Spokesman-Review says the $33 million facility will be split into four units, each with 25 beds for inpatient services. One unit will be reserved for adolescent patients between the ages of 13 and 17.>>
PLAYA VISTA, Calif. - A contractor was caught on camera creeping through children's clothing at a home in Playa Vista, California. According to NBC Los Angeles, the repairman came to Jason Cooper's condo to fix several scratches in the hardwood floors. But Cooper could never fathom what he would later find on his security camera, which is positioned in clear view on his daughter's crib.>>