Thursday, January 15, 2009

Man shoots pit bull 7 times with shotgun

A Clarksville man was cited Monday after he shot a pit bull seven times, killing the dog.

Earnest C. Adams III, 27, who lives in the 3800 block of Marla Circle, reported to police Monday afternoon that he'd shot and killed a pit bull on his property because it had been aggressive toward him.

According to a Clarksville Police Department report, Adams said he was in his garage when the dog came up to him.

He said the dog seemed friendly, so he fed it some treats and went to get a rope to tie the dog up until he could find the owner, the report said.

The dog snapped at him when Adams went to put the rope around the dog's collar, according to the report.

Adams then went to his truck to get a stick. When he did, the dog jumped in, and Adams shut the dog in the cab of the truck.

Adams then retrieved his shotgun, opened the truck's door and shot the pit bull seven times when it jumped out.

A CPD officer explained to Adams that the dog was not considered a threat to him once it was shut inside the truck, and that by opening the truck, Adams had put himself in harm's way.

Adams was cited for discharging a firearm in city limits.

The dog's owner, who also lives in the 3800 block of Marla Circle, came to pick up the dog's body. The owner could not be reached for comments.

Tavia D. Green covers crime and courts. She can be reached at 245-0742 or by e-mail at

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