In a wild deviation from the recent news of police killing what they believed were volatile dogs, yesterday police in Gallway, Ohio shot a volatile man who was enraged because his neighbor tried to train his dogs.
Danny Nelson had two Boxers that his neighbor Jeffery Roberts claims were "out of control." Roberts says Nelson allowed his dogs to bark at all hours of the night. Roberts decided to take matters into his own hands and try training the two Boxers to quiet down using a dog whistle.
According to Roberts, Mr. Nelson came outside and caught him in the act, asking him, "What the [expletive] are you, The Dog Whisperer now?"
Six hours later, Mr. Nelson showed up at Roberts' house with a shotgun, wearing a ski mask. Roberts called the police. When the police showed up, Nelson was making his way back to his own home, but when deputies commanded him to drop the weapon, he instead pointed it at them. So they shot him. (Don't point guns at police kiddos. They WILL shoot you before you have a chance to shoot them.) At least three of the shots hit him in the torso. Nelson is currently in critical condition at an area hospital.
Some neighbors claim that Roberts is the cause of all the strife. Roberts says many of them agree with him that the dogs are a noisy nuisance, and that he is aware that many of the neighbors think that he is the problem and not Nelson. But, he says, showing up on his doorstep at 1 a.m. in a mask and carrying a shotgun is not an appropriate response. "I didn't expect this guy, because of a little dog whistle, to come over here wanting to shoot me. To go to those extremes over a dog, c'mon. I don't want to see anybody shot, but I don't want to be threatened. Kind of crazy. All this over a dog," he said.
Nelson didn't get shot because of his dogs. He got shot because he pointed a shotgun at police officers. That's what happens when you point a gun at police officers. They shoot you. I think most people know this even on a subconscious level. I mean, their guns aren't there for looks.
I can't imagine what would possess a man to get a weapon, don a mask, and go over to his neighbor's house in the middle of the night. This, from someone who knows firsthand how angry you can get when your neighbor tries to train your dog. News sources say the man had undergone brain surgery, and one has to wonder if his impulse control was somehow compromised by the surgery or whatever prompted the surgery.
One neighbor said that Nelson is a nice guy. "A guy can only take so much," said the man, who opted for anonymity to stay out of the fray.
The shotgun was a tad extreme of a response to someone who was messing with your dogs. I'd really like to know what made him decide to point the shotgun at police officers instead of just putting it down when they asked him to. Hopefully he lives to be able to tell us.