PORT RICHEY — Debra Jackson was tired of a neighbor's dog defecating in her yard, authorities say.
So when she saw the dog and his owner Wednesday afternoon, she grabbed her shotgun.
"I'm having a bad day," said Jackson, 50, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report. "I'm gonna shoot you and that dog."
She pointed the gun at a 55-year-old man and his two granddaughters, ages 2 and 11 months, who had been searching for the dog after it escaped its fence, a report states. They found the dog in front of Jackson's home at 6920 Tierra Verde St.
A passerby, who didn't know anyone involved, stopped her car and ushered the man, children and dog inside.
Jackson kept the gun level.
"If you don't think I can still shoot that dog, you're wrong," she said, according to the report.
The group fled and called for help. A deputy arrived and noted a sign on Jackson's front door:
"PLEASE DO NOT DISTURB. This means YOU. I am BUSY. The next salesman, Jehovah's Witness, Port Richey especially, any ADT representative, will be greeted with a loaded shotgun. Ring my door bell or knock on my door at your own risk. If I blast you, you have nobody to blame but yourself."
The deputy knocked. "Approximately 40 minutes later (Jackson) came to the door. I asked why she didn't answer the door and she said, 'I don't have to. You don't have a warrant.' I placed (Jackson) in handcuffs," the report states.
Jackson was arrested on a charge of aggravated assault. She is being held at the Pasco jail in lieu of $5,000 bail. The report states the shotgun was found inside the house. It was loaded.
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