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Arizona Man Tasered at Target, His Dog Shot and Killed

Samkeith Jurden

Samkeith Jurden

On September 24, 2012, Samkeith Jurden was talking intently on the phone to his grandmother at the Target in Mesa, Ariz., reportedly asking her to pray with him. This would usually not have been a problem, except that, at the time, he was sitting with his unleashed pit bull in the middle of an aisle, wearing only socks and a swimsuit. He ignored store security, who, believing he was under the influence, asked him to leave several times before finally calling police.

When police showed up to arrest him, Jurden resisted, biting the officer and freeing himself. He took off running through the store with his dog. According to Det. Steve Berry of the Mesa Police Department, “It went downhill from there.” Officers again got hold of Jurden, who kicked one in the chest with both feet. His dog bit the officers and one of them shot the dog, which ran away, and was later found dead from the gunshot wound. Jurden was tasered several times into submission, and arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, criminal trespassing and assault by a vicious animal. Unfortunately, it looks like there are no charges associated with being a lousy pet owner and getting his dog killed. Jurden’s bond was set at $5,600.

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