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Argument over dog ends in shocking death, alleged killer released by police

Man shot in Indianapolis after dog allegedly escaped from yard
Man shot in Indianapolis after dog allegedly escaped from yardPhoto by Oli Scarff/Getty Images

Dogs are considered to be man’s best friend, but in the case of an two men in Indianapolis, a dog is the catalyst for a dispute that has left one man shot to death.

And according to police, they have released the man who they say may be responsible.

In 2012, a young man named Joshua Tucker was away on business and left his dog in the backyard. And while he was gone, the dog somehow found its way out of the backyard and out onto the street.

It was there when Tucker’s dog is said to have approached a 26-year-old man who was walking a dog of his own. Fearing that Tucker’s dog would attack his (or himself), witnesses have said that the man fired a warning shot near the dog out of self defense.

But when Tucker came back into town, he demanded answers. Approaching his neighbor’s home, Tucker wanted an apology for the way he acted towards his dog while his away. The neighbor refused to give one.

What happens after that point is not completely clear. But it’s believed by some witnesses and the police that the neighbor eventually to Tucker’s home, after the initial confrontation and shot him to death.

"The guy pretty much said you're not getting an apology, comes back down here 10 minutes later and kills him," said Rogers’ friend.

Tucker was shot multiple times, and while Tucker’s body was found to have a gun on his person, it was holstered when they found him.

Tucker was not only a soon-to-be husband, but also a father.

Witnesses believe the story seems a bit strange, because Tucker’s dog is not deemed to usually be aggressive at all.

It never bothered anyone. They walk down the street -- that dog can be right there and it won't come out of the yard," neighbor Olga Duncan said.

Some of the homes in the neighborhood were hit with gunfire.