A Virginia man is in custody after shooting and killing a dog following an altercation with its owner, according to the Fairfax County Police Department.
Roman Vyacheslavov Gorelov, 33, is charged with animal cruelty and reckless use of a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school.
Fairfox County Police said officers responded to a reported shooting shortly before 10 a.m. Friday.
When they arrived on scene, officers saw a dog, a 2-year-old yellow lab/beagle mix, with a gunshot wound. The dog was transported to an animal hospital and eventually died.
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The dog’s owner was standing over him when officers arrived at the apartment.
According to investigators, Gorelov shot the dog during a verbal altercation with the owner in a hallway of the apartment complex.
The owner then picked up the dog and began to run away, but as it tried to flee the area, Gorelov gave chase and fired several more shots at the dog.
Gorelov returned to his nearby apartment after shooting the animal.
Police called Gorelov after learning of the incident and he turned himself in to officers.
He was taken to the adult detention center and is being held without bail.
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Detectives conducted a search of Gorelov’s apartment after the shooting and discovered the gun he used on the dog.
Police said the incident remains an active investigation.