Man shoots dog-beating neighbor in neck, police say

Police say man likely won't face charges

HOUSTON – Houston police said a shooting on Ringold Street in Acres Homes started early Wednesday morning with an argument over how a man in his 20s was treating his dog.

Police said a man in his 60s said he saw the younger man beating his dog and tried to stop it.

"My son attacked him in some form or fashion because they were talking about the dog. My son ran into the house. The guy that shot him ran into another area, got the shotgun and shot through my back window and shot my son in the neck," the younger man’s mother told KPRC 2.

She said her son went to the hospital for treatment. She would not reveal his name. A family member said he was expected to be released from the hospital later Wednesday.

Houston police said the shooter would not be charged with a crime. They considered this a case of self-defense.

"I hope it's a good wake-up call for him because he was having problems with his mom all of the time and going through some things with her. I just hope it'll be a wake-up call for him," Willis Garrett said.

About the Author:

Aaron Barker has been a senior digital editor at KPRC 2 since 2016. As a meteorologist, he specializes in stories about the weather. He has covered Hurricane Harvey, the Astros first World Series win, the Santa Fe High School shooting, the ITC fire and Tropical Storm Imelda.