Police: Man shoots, kills dog after losing $5 in card game

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LORAIN, Ohio -- A man faces several charges after reportedly shooting and killing a dog over losing $5 at a card game, police say.

Ricardo Johnson, 30, faces charges of aggravated menacing, weapons under disability, child endangerment, discharge of firearm on prohibited premises and prohibitions concerning companion animals.

He was arraigned Monday morning and issued $50,000 bond.

The incident happened Sunday at just after 1 a.m. at a home in the 1300 block of Madison Avenue.

Witnesses tell police that a baby shower had taken place at the home, and a group of men were playing a card game afterward. One man allegedly won $5 from Johnson and removed the money from the table.

Witnesses say Johnson then became angry and claimed the $5 still belonged to him. So the two began to argue. Johnson then reportedly left the home, went to his car and got a gun. He came back in, pointed the gun at one of the men and demanded his money back.

Johnson then lowered the gun and fired four to five shots into the dog's cage, hitting the dog, 2-year-old Diablo, several times. There was an eight-year-old girl sleeping in a bedroom above where the shooting happened, police say.



A woman called 911 and was frantic. She could be heard on the phone, begging him to stop and to not shoot her. She tells police that Johnson shot her dog.

Johnson then fled the scene.  Dash camera video from the 8-minute pursuit, shows Johnson refusing to pull over for Lorain police. When he finally stops, he gets out of the car and lays on the street. He was arrested and taken to jail.

Police placed the dog on a blanket and carried him to the patrol car, taking him to an emergency veterinarian. Diablo's injuries were severe, and he had to be euthanized.

Johnson was ordered to stay away from the victim and her home. He is due back in court next week.

Johnson was previously convicted of aggravated robbery, and shouldn’t have had a gun, police said.

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