CONYERS — A 16-year-old Conyers male could be facing adult charges after he allegedly shot two pit bull puppies during an argument with his mother.
The teen’s mother called 911 around 1:30 p.m. Monday after she took her younger children and fled to Kroger on Ga. Highway 138.
Conyers Police Department Officer Kim Lucas said she and her teenage son began arguing when she told him to feed the dog and the puppies. He reportedly became angry and told his mother that she couldn’t tell him what to do and that he would just shoot the dogs.
The CPD report states that the teen threw the adult female dog down the stairs and then the suspect came down the stairs holding a .380 handgun. He allegedly also threw one of the puppies into a door.
The teen allegedly shot into the large crate containing the pit bull puppies, striking one in the paw.
The CPD reported he walked closer and shot into the crate again, striking another puppy in the neck area at close range.
Police went to the home on Hunting Creek Drive where they saw the 16-year-old walking out the front door.
“One of the officers called him by his name, and he attempted to run back in the residence,” Lucas said.
The teen was still acting belligerently and fighting with officers as they put him in handcuffs and placed him in the back of a patrol car.
Officers searching the home discovered he had apparently kicked the bedroom door off its hinges. They located two firearms in the teen’s room, one of which was confirmed to be stolen out of Newton County.
“They further discovered a marijuana plant, about 12 inches high, growing in the closet, including a light source for the plant,” Lucas said.
Officers also located the injured puppies still in their crate. The two injured animals were turned over to Rockdale County Animal Control. The suspect’s mother reportedly took one of the puppies to the veterinarian for treatment of the gunshot wound to the paw. The more severely injured puppy died Tuesday afternoon, Lucas said.
The juvenile was transported to the Rockdale County Jail where he was turned over to the custody of Juvenile Justice, and has been charged with: terroristic threats and acts, possession of a firearm by a person under age 18; simple assault, aggravated cruelty to animals, disorderly conduct, cruelty to children, criminal trespass, discharge of a firearm near a public highway, obstruction of law enforcement officers, reckless conduct, manufacturing or distribution of a controlled substance, and theft by receiving stolen property.
Lucas said the Juvenile Court judge is going to suggest the teen be charged as an adult in Rockdale County State Court.