MIDWEST CITY — Charges were filed Friday in Oklahoma County District Court against two bounty hunters accused of shooting and killing a dog and using a Taser on the dog's upset owner while searching for another man who missed a court date.
Jathan Brian Hunt, 23, was charged with cruelty to animals and Melvin Gene Marshall, 57, was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
On March 9 officers were sent to 3624 Woodside Drive after Hunt called to report he had shot a dog, police Sgt. Joel Warner wrote in a probable cause affidavit.
When the dog's owner, Roger Latture, opened the door, the 15-year-old black Labrador retriever ran outside barking. Marshall sprayed the dog with pepper spray and Hunt shot the dog once as it approached him, according to the affidavit.
Latture stepped into the yard and became irate, cursing and asking why they shot his dog. Marshall told him, “You either back up or I'm going to drop you,” the affidavit states.
Latture replied, “shoot me,” then started turning away and Marshall used the Taser on the man's upper chest, according to the affidavit.
The incident was caught by ear-mounted video cameras worn by both Marshall and Hart.
“While watching the video I did not see Latture make an aggressive gesture towards Marshall before being tased. Marshall later told police officers that Latture had gone after his partner, then turned on him. He went on to say Latture began cussing him and drew his first back and he dropped him with the Taser,” Warner wrote in the affidavit.