Neighbor Shot in Face After Dispute Over Barking Dogs in Troy

David George Keats, 73, allegedly shot his next door neighbor Friday during an argument about barking dogs, according to Troy Police.

A man was shot in the face 9 p.m. Friday in an altercation with a neighbor over barking dogs on Atlas Street, Troy Police said.

Police arrested David George Keats, 73, of Troy and charged him with attempted murder in the incident, according to a media release from the .

According to police, witnesses stated that the altercation began when Keats let his three dogs outside and the dogs began to bark. According to the media release, Keats' 52-year-old next door neighbor yelled at the dogs to be quiet and kicked the fence. Keats then ran up to the victim, yelled, "Don't tell my dogs to shut up," and began shooting at the victim.

One bullet hit the man in the face, piercing both cheeks, and four more shots were fired at the victim as he was running away, according to the report.

Witnesses to the shooting directed responding officers to where Keats was sitting on his porch. Officers approached Keats, who told officers his gun was unloaded and sitting behind him on the porch. Officers took him into custody without incident. 

Keats was arrested and charged with assault with attempt to murder and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony. Keats was arraigned in front of Magistrate Holtz and was released on a $1 million personal bond. He has been ordered not to return to his Troy home.

Keats' pre-trial examination is scheduled for Aug. 27 in front of Judge William Bolle in 52-4 District Court.

Eddy 16 August 20, 2012 at 08:22 PM
I hope the victim will be ok. On another note - I also hope they place those dogs with a nice family - but not in my neighborhood!
CC August 20, 2012 at 08:44 PM
Yet another responsible gun owner. I feel so much safer.
canseeallsides August 20, 2012 at 10:16 PM
Is it possible that if Troy Michigan took residential noise complaints seriously, the noise would have been reported and that would have been that? CC, gun ownership is not the problem here.
Glenn August 20, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Since the State re-evaluates my ability to drive every so many years, maybe it's time that a person's ability to safely own firearms should be re-examined every so often to make sure that they are still rational human beings. This guy obviously has a few screws loose and had no business owning firearms. By the way, I own several hunting rifles, shot guns and pistols myself, so I am by no means anti-gun. But I do support the sensible regulation of firearms that keep them out of the hands of unstable lunatics.
FullName LastName August 21, 2012 at 12:49 AM
The State should also regulate the owning of dogs just as it regulates you ability to drive a car.
CC August 21, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Did you seriously write that and actually mean it? So someone got shot in the face, and the problem is Troy doesn't take noise complaints serious enough. I saw someone littering earlier today. By your logic, I suppose I should have bust a cap in them. Crazy, crazy, crazy.
canseeallsides August 21, 2012 at 02:05 AM
No, you combined my two points. OBVIOUSLY that is not what I meant. I just asked a question. Before the facts are all out you cannot begin to know what happened or why. Even with a confession or witness, this man is innocent until proved guilty and should be treated as such. Crucify him or label him crazy after the trial please. That being said... NO NO NO, my first point was not meant as an excuse for shooting someone in the face (unless you are defending yourself against imminent harm). I am saddened (but not surprised) I have to explain this and you thought that I was condoning extremes, I was not. What caused the "victim" to cross a line and kick the fence? (He was kicking AT the dogs BTW.) Why didn't he just talk to the man about the disturbance and if that didn't work call the police? (I know why!) Watching this on the news right now. Wait for the facts as this goes beyond this one incident.
Cathy Fucinari August 21, 2012 at 11:38 AM
If you truly see all sides I think you would understand what the fiscal situation is with the police department. With the cutbacks in the police department, noise complaints are not on the TOP of the list of priorities.
LeAnnM August 21, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Do you really think shouting at the dogs and kicking at the fence is violent act by the victim? It sounds more like frustration than anything else. I can say my whole family have shouted shut up to barking dogs in our neighborhood a time or two. It sounds more like the victim was letting out frustration and he may not have known the dog owner was there. Regardless, another careless act by another gun owner. People purchase guns to kill – bottom-line. Your comment about shooting someone as defense is also a lame rationalization. I would question anyone that would shoot someone in the face. Regardless if the shooter has not been to trial or not, he is clearly guilty of assault with a weapon.
LeAnnM August 21, 2012 at 02:02 PM
I agree with you. Good post.
canseeallsides August 21, 2012 at 07:17 PM
I can SEE all sides, I don't claim to understand them. So if someone is coming at you and you think beyond a shadow of a doubt that they will harm, kill or rape you, you will aim where exactly? ...In the leg to make them angry? ...In the stomach to make them painfully bleed to death? Where if at all? Just curious, I know what I would do. When seconds count, the police are minutes away. Again I just asked you to ask questions instead of thinking this is only a simple act of insanity and to know the whole story before become judge and executioner. I do not think what allegedly happened was an acceptable response. I can't comprehend what would make someone move to such an extreme. I am having difficulty seeing his side but I am trying regardless of if it's popular to do so.
canseeallsides August 21, 2012 at 07:23 PM
Fargo clip. - Patch will remove that swearing clip so fast.
canseeallsides August 21, 2012 at 07:27 PM
LeAnnM "Regardless if the shooter has not been to trial or not, he is clearly guilty of assault with a weapon." Wow, just wow... Our law "CLEARLY" states no one can be guilty until proved in a court of law.
Jen Anesi (Editor) August 21, 2012 at 07:46 PM
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P. K. April 03, 2013 at 03:20 PM
Guilty on all counts, yesterday's verdict.


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