Hamilton

81-year-old man fires shotgun to scare dog, hits neighbour: police

Police say a stray round of birdshot hit the man's neighbour in the torso, causing a minor injury that didn't require medical attention.

The neighbour suffered a minor injury and didn't require medical attention

Hamilton police say an 81-year-old man has been charged with careless discharge of a firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm after he fired a shotgun to scare off a dog. (Dan Taekema/CBC)

An 81-year-old Hamilton man is facing firearm charges after police say he fired a shotgun to scare off a dog and ended up hitting his neighbour in the torso with a stray piece of birdshot.

Officers were called to a rural home near the corner of Highway 6 and Butter Road East around 6 p.m. Wednesday.

Investigators say they learned the neighbour's dog had previously run onto the suspect's property and attacked his dog.

On Wednesday, it headed onto his property again, so the man grabbed a shotgun, came outside and fired it to scare off the dog, say police.

It's not clear if the man was aiming at the dog when he pulled the trigger, but police say a stray round of birdshot did hit his neighbour.

The neighbour suffered a minor injury that didn't require medical attention, according to investigators.

Police searched the man's home and seized a shotgun, rifle, pellet gun and ammunition.

The man is charged with careless discharge of a firearm and unlawful possession of a firearm.

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