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Man Accused of Shooting at Cops, Killing 55 Dogs and Infecting Partner With HIV

Peter Northcutt, 52. Police photo.

In July of last year, police, following a tip from a concerned family member, arrived on Peter Clifton Northcutt’s Joliet, Il., property to check on him. According to reports, the 52-year-old man fired a shotgun at the two cops before walking through his numerous kennels and shooting the 55 sled dogs inside. For that incident, Northcutt is charged with two felony counts of assault on a peace officer, 53 felony counts of animal cruelty and one misdemeanor count of animal cruelty. He is due to go on trial for those charges later this month.

In addition to that host of charges, prosecutors are alleging that Northcutt knowingly infected an unsuspecting partner with HIV. Northcutt and the partner, identified in court records as T.V., were engaged in a 3-year sexual relationship, prior to which T.V. says he did not have HIV. T.V. says first found out about Northcutt’s HIV-positive status during an interview with Northcutt’s defense attorney, Penelope Strong. After the interview with Strong, T.V. got an HIV test and found out he had contracted the AIDS-causing virus. Prosecutors say Northcutt has had HIV since 1997 and AIDS since 1998. He is charged with felony criminal endangerment and is expected to be arraigned next week.

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