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Man Accidentally Shoots Himself To Death While Beating Dog
By Ian Shapira / The Washington Post
Debbie Poore told police her husband of three weeks called her at work about 6 p.m. Thursday to say that their dog, a 2-year-old Chinese Shar-Pei name Bailey, had bitten him on the hand-and that he was going to kill it.
She raced to their Winchester mobile home, she said, and found Raymond Poore, 43, dead or dying in a pool of blood with a gunshot wound to his abdomen and the dog, still alive, with its throat torn open and gashes on its face.
That was the scene and the mystery police were left to interpret.
Winchester Police Capt. David Sobonya said Raymond "Raven" Poore, a construction worker, apparently was beating the dog on the head with the butt of a rifle-shotgun when it discharged and hit him in the lower abdomen. He said there was dog hair on the butt of the weapon, which has a .22-caliber rifle barrel atop a .410-gauge shotgun barrel and is used to hunt small game.
Poore's death is being considered accidental, according to Lt. Greg Printz, but the investigation remains open while police wait for autopsy results from the Fairfax County, Va., medical examiner and other forensic evidence.
"We have not ruled out anything at this point," Printz said.
Debbie Poore, a Frederick County, Va., food service employee, said her husband had a history of sparring with the dog. "But I kept telling him, 'You shouldn't play rough with her,' " she said, declining to comment further.
Kimberly Dodson, who said she dated and lived with Poore in Berryville for three years until 2001, said she was not surprised to hear that Poore might have beaten his dog, given the way he treated her.
"In the beginning, it was good, (but) he got into alcohol and violence. I would end up with black eyes, and he would choke and head-butt me," said Dodson, a kitchen cabinet builder for American Woodmark in Clarke County, Va. "I heard last Friday that he got out of jail, and I was very nervous."