Man accused of shooting, killing family dog in front of child

Richard Jordan Photo: Olmsted County Adult Detention Center. Richard Jordan

Created: November 13, 2019 10:49 AM

(ABC 6 News) -- A Chatfield man is accused of killing the family dog during an argument with his girlfriend. 

According to Olmsted County Sergeant Jim Schueller, 31-year-old Richard Jordan with his girlfriend and their two children at their home on the 1300 block of Highway 52 SE in Chatfield around 6:30 p.m. on Friday, November 8. The children are ages one and two.


Sgt. Schueller said Jordan and his girlfriend were arguing, when she fell down. The family dog, a pitbull-lab mix, apparently got spooked and "nipped" the woman in the shoulder. 

The two continued arguing, and the dog apparently "got protective" of the woman and nipped at Jordan. Sgt. Schueller said Jordan got a shotgun and shot the dog, who was cowering under a table. The dog died, and Sgt. Schueller said one of the couple's two children was a few feet away at the time. 

After the shooting, Jordan allegedly left and the girlfriend locked the gun in her car. 

Authorities found Jordan the next day and arrested him. He's facing charges of reckless discharge of a firearm - endangering safety, three counts of domestic assault using a firearm, three counts of domestic assault - fear, and mistreatment of an animal. 

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