Waterbury man charged for shooting at dog

Waterbury man charged for shooting at dog.

WATERBURY, Conn. (WTNH) — A Waterbury man is facing charges after police say he fired off multiple rounds at a dog.

It happened during an altercation on Jewelry Street on Monday. Police say Kelsey Parker, 22, of Birch St., shot repeatedly at the dog. It’s unclear how many shots were fired in total.

Parker was arrested after police stopped a Honda Civic he was riding in around 1:30 in the morning close to the incident. Police in the area say they saw Parker get in the car, gun in hand. Upon search, officers found a 9 mm Glock inside the car registered to Parker. He did have a permit for the gun, and told police he was waiting for a friend when he hopped out of the car to see what was taking so long. That’s when he said a dog came at him, so he fired at it.

Reports by residents at a home on the street did not match Parker’s. A woman there said at least seven men were on the street and one was hitting her car with what appeared to be a baseball bat.

Another family member told police one of the men had been bothering his sister. When he confronted and pushed that man, the man left, but returned with a group of people.

The woman told police when she opened the door to yell at the group, her dog got loose. The woman’s brother dragged the dog back by its hind legs while Parker repeatedly fired at its paws, according to witness statements to police. When the gunshots rang out, people scattered and Parker eventually made his way to the waiting Honda. Neither the dog nor pedestrians were hit by the gunfire, according to police.

Police made two other arrests: Julio Castillo-Vidal, 22, who was driving the car carrying Parker, which police say had golf clubs in the back seat is charged with breach of peace, driving with a suspended license, and not having sufficient insurance.

A passenger, later identified as Joalis Vega, 23, was charged with criminal mischief, as police say he damaged the woman’s car.

Parker’s gun and pistol permit were both seized.

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