Sheriff's Office releases more details on Saturday night altercation in West Willow
Police have released more details regarding the Saturday night incident in the West Willow neighborhood that left a man injured and his dog dead.
Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office spokesman Derrick Jackson said sheriff’s deputies responded at about 11:30 p.m. Saturday to a call of shots fired in the area of Mary Catherine Street. Jackson said deputies found a 46-year-old Ann Arbor man with a severe cut on his head and a pit bull that had been shot and killed.
Jackson said the Ann Arbor man, his family and the pit bull were attending a party at a home on Mary Catherine Street. At some point during the party, an altercation took place that involved the dog, the victim and the suspect, Jackson said. Police do not know why the argument began.
According to Jackson, the suspect was upset at the dog and left the party, only to return with a gun looking for the dog. The suspect struck the Ann Arbor man in the head and shot and killed the dog, Jackson said. The suspect then fled in an unknown vehicle, Jackson said.
Huron Valley Ambulance transported the Ann Arbor man to an area hospital in stable condition, according to spokeswoman Joyce Williams. She could not release exactly what hospital because of the on-going investigation.
Contrary to initial information provided by police, the suspect is not in custody, Jackson said. Police are looking for any information regarding the incident, and citizens are encouraged to call the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Office confidential tip line at 734-973-7711 or to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-SPEAK UP.