Posted by: reformedmusings | December 11, 2010

Justice for Bear-Bear

Time to clean up a few backlogged items. In my earlier post, I recounted how an off-duty LEO shot another family’s dog for playing with his dog in a designated dog park in Anne Arundel County, MD. The dog park is in a residential area where children play, a fact apparently not considered by the shooter. In fact, another family arrived at the park with their dog and children minutes after the killing. At first, the local cops blew off the  incident for a fellow LEO, but the public outcry forced an investigation.

The subsequent investigation resulted in Keith Elgin Shepherd being charged with animal cruelty and discharging a firearm within 100 yards of an occupied home. He was placed on administrative leave with pay from his civilian LEO position at Joint Command Myer-Henderson Hall during that period.

In the end, Shepherd was convicted on both counts:

Shepherd was sentenced to a year of unsupervised probation, 80 hours of community service, and a total of $1500 in fines ($500 for the animal cruelty and $1000 on the gun charge). The $1000 is suspended provided he completes his probation without incident.

That seems like a pretty light sentence for endangering civilians in the neighborhood. Shepherd since moved from the neighborhood because he didn’t feel “safe” after the incident. I’m sure his neighbors appreciated his moving as they felt unsafe living around an errant LEO with an itchy trigger finger. He certainly gave a bad name to us lawful firearm owners who don’t go around shooting other people’s pets “because we can.” I don’t know if Shepherd kept his position with the Army.

Kudos to the county executive and prosecutor for holding Shepherd accountable for endangering local residents and pets. It doesn’t bring Bear-Bear back, but they did ensure justice for him.

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