Man shot by dog’s owner after trying to stop attack, police say

A southwest Atlanta dog owner is facing charges after shooting a man who tried to stop the dog from attacking, police said.

Kenneth Fisher, 41, shot in self-defense when his neighbor’s dog ran up to him and bit him, police said.

The incident happened Monday night on Nelms Drive in Atlanta, according to a police report.

Fisher tried to scare off the dog by firing in the air and never meant to hurt the dog, Atlanta police spokeswoman Officer Stephanie Brown said.

That neighbor, Roderick Stewart, heard the gunshots and his wife’s screams and shot Fisher, Brown said.

Police found several .45-caliber shell casings on the ground when they arrived. Fisher had been shot “through and through” near his right elbow, an officer wrote in the report.

Fisher was taken to Atlanta Medical Center, where he was treated and later charged with theft of stolen property. Brown said the gun he had was stolen.

Stewart, a felon, was arrested at the scene Monday night on charges of aggravated assault, aggravated battery, possession of a gun during the commission of a crime and possession of a gun by a convicted felon. His bond was set at $24,000, according to Fulton County jail officials.

He is due to appear in court Nov. 16.

Fisher is expected to appear before a judge Friday morning, Fulton County jail spokeswoman Tracy Flanagan said.

Chambers Whaley told Channel 2 Action News his brother, Fisher, is recovering but is unable to work because he cannot use his right arm.

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