Pit bull killed, man arrested in Meriden domestic dispute

Jamie Hess (Photo provided by Meriden police)

MERIDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Meriden police have arrested a man who allegedly threatened his ex-wife on Thursday.

A woman called Meriden police at 5:30 p.m. Thursday to tell them that her ex-husband threatened her with a gun at his home on Runge Drive. When police got to the home, the woman was already gone, but the man, 35-year-old Jamie Hess was on the front porch.

Hess tried to resist arrest. That’s when police say a pit bull got out of the house and charged at one of the officers. In self-defense, the officer shot the dog once in the neck area. Police say the dog dropped and Hess was arrested. Animal Control responded and took the dog to the hospital where it died.

Police say they found Hess in possession of marijuana and three facsimile firearms, which were seized. Police say Hess’s 5-year-old son was in the home where the guns were found.

Hess is charged with disorderly conduct, risk of injury to a minor, interfering with police, possession of marijuana, second-degree threatening and possession of facsimile firearm. His bond was set at $150,000 and he is due to be arraigned in court on Friday.