With all the instances of SWATties and regular beat cops shooting dogs seemingly at every opportunity, you have to figure the word’s starting to get around within the dog community. One pooch in western North Carolina certainly seems to have gotten word as to how dangerous it can be for an unsuspecting canine when peace officers are in the area. So when there was increased police activity in his neighborhood over the weekend, one local pit bull wasn’t taking any chances . . .
According to shelbystar.com, cops in Shelby received a report of shots fired and stopped a driver in the area when he ran a stop sign. The responding officer approached the car and saw a revolver on the passenger seat right about the time the driver decided he had better things to do elsewhere.
Shortly after the officer questioned Marik Abdul Lipscomb, the driver, as to why he hadn’t stopped at a stop sign, Lipscomb threw the car in reverse and started backing away from police, according to the report.
But by the time they pulled Lipscomb over again, the gun was gone. Figuring he’d tossed the it during his abortive get-away, they began a hard target search of every gas station, residence, warehouse, farmhouse, henhouse, outhouse and doghouse in the neighborhood.
Police canvassed the area, looking along the roadways and between houses but instead of the weapon, saw a brown pit bull on a long chain, the report stated.
Lipscomb refused to tell police where the gun was, according to the report, but as police were making arrangements to have the man’s car towed an officer yelled “Dan the dog has it in his mouth.”
“…the black handle of the gun (had) saliva and bite marks,” the report stated. “I observed five rounds of federal 38 special inside the cylinder of the weapon.”
It’s remarkable in and of itself that the police were able to recover the gun from an actual pit bull without feeling the need to shoot it first. But maybe the dog made a deal with them: he wouldn’t pull the trigger fire if the cops agreed to hold their fire, too. Lipscomb was taken in for resisting arrest and running a stop sign. There’s no word yet from the D.A. as to whether the pit bull will face a concealed weapons charge or not.