Investigators learned that a man, identified as Roman Vyacheslavov Gorelov, 33, shot the dog then returned to his nearby apartment.
They believe that Gorelov got into a verbal altercation with the owner of the dog in a breezeway of the apartment complex, before pulling out a gun and shooting the animal. Police say the owner then picked up the dog and started to run away, and as he did, Gorelov followed them and fired several more shots at the dog.
The dog was a 2-year-old yellow Labrador and Beagle mix that had been shot. The dog was taken to an animal hospital and later died. Gorlov owns a pit bull.
A man shot and killed his neighbor’s dog during an argument at a condominium complex in Centreville, Virginia, Friday morning, police say. The two neighbors were at an outside stairwell with their respective dogs at the complex in the 13300 block of Connor Drive, Fairfax County police said. At one point, the suspect took out a gun and shot the other man’s dog, police said.
Then, the injured dog’s owner picked up his 2-year-old lab-beagle mix and laid it on the grass at an outside common area near a playground. According to police, the suspect followed the man and shot the dog several more times.
Gorelov is being charged with animal cruelty and reckless discharge of a firearm within 1,000 feet of a school. He is being held without bond at an adult detention center, according to police.