Make us your home page
Instagram

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Dog doo prompts Pasco woman to pull out shotgun, deputies say

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.

Erin Sullivan can be reached at [email protected] or (727) 869-6229.

Dog doo prompts Pasco woman to pull out shotgun, deputies say 12/15/11 [Last modified: Thursday, December 15, 2011 8:25pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times

    

Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

Loading...
  1. Bucs' Vernon Hargreaves: 'I'm not making any plays'

    Bucs

    TAMPA — Eli Manning gathered his receivers together on the sideline during the Giants' Week 4 game against the Bucs and told them he planned to target the weakest link of the secondary all afternoon.

    Patriots receiver Chris Hogan gets position in front of Bucs cornerback Vernon Hargreaves for a 5-yard touchdown pass in New England’s win on Oct. 5.
  2. Suspect in Maryland office park shooting is apprehended

    Nation

    EDGEWOOD, Md. — A man with a lengthy criminal past who was fired from a job earlier this year for punching a colleague showed up for work at a countertop company on Wednesday and shot five of his co-workers has been arrested, authorities said. Three of them were killed and two critically wounded.

    Harford County, Md., Sheriff Jeffrey Gahler shows a picture of Radee Labeeb Prince, the suspect in the workplace shootings.
  3. Lightning's J.T. Brown to stop anthem protest, focus on community involvement

    Lightning Strikes

    COLUMBUS, Ohio — Lightning wing J.T. Brown will no longer raise his first as a protest during the national anthem before games.

    J.T. Brown says he will work more with the Tampa police and groups that serve at-risk young people.
  4. The two Ricks tangle at what may be final debate

    Elections

    ST. PETERSBURG — In what was likely the last mayoral forum before the Nov. 7 election, Mayor Rick Kriseman and former Mayor Rick Baker started out small, discussing neighborhood issues like recycling and neighborhood funding. They ended tangling over familiar subjects: the future of the Tampa Bay Rays, sewage …

    Ex-Mayor Rick Baker, left, and Mayor Rick Kriseman, right, debated familiar topics. The Times’ Adam Smith moderated.
  5. Tampa Chamber of Commerce announces small business winners

    Business

    TAMPA — The Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce selected the winners of the 2017 Small Business of the Year Awards at a ceremony Wednesday night at the David A. Straz, Jr. Center for the Performing Arts. More than 600 attendees celebrated the accomplishments of Tampa Bay's small business community.

    Vincent Cassidy, president and CEO of Majesty Title Services, was named Outstanding Small Business Leader of the Year by the Greater Tampa Chamber of Commerce.