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Shots Fired Over Barking Dog Leads to a SWAT Standoff in Fresno
47 TV News - June 14, 2004
FRESNO: In a neighborhood near Freeway 41 and Shields in Fresno, a man's outrage about a neighbor's barking dog resulted in a lengthy stand off, requiring police negotiators to resolve.
The action started shortly after one this morning at Clark and Michigan when officers received reports of several gunshots heard. When they arrived, they found 56 year old Bruce Key, whom they thought was armed with a shotgun and pacing outside a home, furious about the nearby barking dog.
Officers say it was that frustration towards the dog that caused him to fire his gun in the wee hours of the morning. And, at one point during the confrontation, officers say Key actually pointed a gun and shot in their direction while they were closing off the surrounding area. They also say that they did not fire back at him.
Finally, just before 6 this morning, Key and 48 year old Kevin Phillips complied with negotiators and were taken into custody in relation to this police call. Phillips was released, as officers determined that he had nothing to do with the disturbance, yet Key was kept in police custody.
Key could be charged with assault with a deadly weapon against a police officer and reckless discharge of a gun within the city limits.
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