Man who threatens to shoot family dog kills himself by accident instead

Man who threatens to shoot family dog kills himself by accident instead

Considering the man’s intentions, I think it’s fair to say this story had a happy — or at least a just — ending.

According to the Tampa Bay Times, 57-year-old Dennis Eugene Emery was arguing with his wife in their Pinellas Park, Fla., home Tuesday over a lost cigarette lighter. When his spouse, Francisca, failed to locate the missing item, Emery threatened to shoot the family dog:

He picked up a revolver…, pulling back the hammer on the gun to emphasize his threat, police said. Later, as he tried to release the hammer, the gun fired while Emery had it pointed at his face.

A 911 call by the wife brought paramedics, along with the police, but Emery was declared dead at the scene.

According to a spokesman with the Pinellas Park police, Emery had had close to three dozen run-ins with the law since 2012 and was recently arrested three times in six days: On Oct. 12 (domestic battery), Oct. 15 (aggravated assault, resisting arrest), and Oct. 17 (leaving the scene of a crash). The three cases were pending at the time of his death.

In addition, state records revealed that Emery had been convicted of drunken driving in 1977, of carrying a concealed weapon in 1978, and disorderly conduct and public intoxication in 1983. He had been charged with domestic violence in 2013, but the case was ultimately dropped.

It’s probably safe to assume that Emery suffered anger management issues.

Condolences to his wife.

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Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy

Howard Portnoy has written for The Blaze, HotAir, NewsBusters, Weasel Zippers, Conservative Firing Line, RedCounty, and New York’s Daily News. He has one published novel, Hot Rain, (G. P. Putnam’s Sons), and has been a guest on Radio Vice Online with Jim Vicevich, The Alana Burke Show, Smart Life with Dr. Gina, and The George Espenlaub Show.


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