Neighbors In Gunbattle After One Shoots Other's Dog

Monday, April 10, 2006

Two Catoosa County neighbors got in a gunbattle after one shot the other's dog, Sheriff Phil Summers said.

One man was transported to Erlanger Medical Center after the gunplay on Sunday night.

The shooting occurred about 8 p.m. after the victim’s dog was shot by a neighbor. The suspect claims he shot his neighbor’s dog because the dog was in the process of chasing his cat. The incident occurred at 48 Mark Lane, the residence of Terry Dewitt McDaniel.

After McDaniel shot the victim’s dog, the victim’s wife told him of the incident. The man who was shot,
William Beyer of 93 Campbell Circle, obtained a handgun and went to McDaniel’s residence.

During the altercation, the two men exchanged gunfire. McDaniel was not injured, however, Mr. Beyer suffered from gunshot wounds to the head and chest area from McDaniel’s shotgun.

The victim was transported to Erlanger by ambulance.

McDaniel was transported to Catoosa County Detention Center and charged with cruelty to animals.

Sheriff Summers said the case is still under investigation. At this time, the Sheriff’s Office is attempting to determine if additional charges should be filed.

The investigating officers will consult with the District Attorney’s office before filing additional charges, it was stated.

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