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The Mississippi Dog Shit Shootout

An argument between two neighbors over one of their dogs and its habit of defecating on the others’ lawn led to a shootout in Mississippi on Wednesday.

According to the Associated Press, 52-year-old Terry Tehnet was incensed with his neighbor, 60-year-old Jerry Blasingame, because he believed Blasingame’s dog had been pooping on his lawn. Tehnet said he visited his neighbor to complain about his dog, and Blasingame accused him of shooting the animal the week before.

Tehnet denied this. “I said ‘Jerry, your dog ain’t even dead.’ He said ‘Just meet me at the levee and I’ll shoot you down.'”

Blasingame grabbed his shotgun and left his house, hoping his neighbor would follow him in order to avoid being seen by bystanders.

From that point, the two mens’ stories differ.

Blasingame claims Tehnet was armed and tried to provoke him into pointing his gun at him. He says Tehnet shot at him first and he returned fire with his shotgun.

Tehnet says he was unarmed and had to scramble for his pistol after Blasingame shot at him. Tehnet dropped his gun after being struck in both hands with shotgun pellets.

Blasingame was charged with aggravated assault. Charges are also possible for Tehnet.


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  1. maryMarch 26, 2011 at 9:18 pmReply

    Terry was armed and drew his gun first and shot first. I was an eyewitness to this. He was waiting by his car, gun in his hand for 40
    Minutes or so. When jerry came home he started nothing off again and then raised his gun and fired as I was looking out the wimdow behind where jerry was standing. I then ran for cover as other shots rang out. Terry has run is with people wherever he lives. If he doesnt want dust on his house or dog pop on his yard or kids walking down the street in front of his house then he is in the wrong place and needs to move where there are no other houses and people.

  2. Ky BoyMay 16, 2011 at 12:21 pmReply

    There is a new development to this. Mr.Terry Tehnet has now been charged with murder

  3. maryMay 17, 2011 at 8:04 pmReply

    I am sick of people saying this is over dog shit. This man is a murderer. He ambushed my husband and killed him .

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