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A 70-year-old Texas man fatally shot his neighbor on Friday during an ongoing argument over a loose dog in the neighborhood and then continued to do yard work, authorities said.
Eric Lee Elliott was working in his yard on County Road 2683 at around 2:45 p.m. when a dog belonging to his neighbor, William Duncan Womack, 60, escaped and ran into the yard, KHOU-TV reported, citing the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office.
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Elliot saw Womack’s daughter-in-law and demanded she keep the dog out of her yard or he would kill it, deputies said.
The daughter-in-law told Womack about the threat, investigators say, and he went to talk to Elliott on the street. When the two men met, Elliott allegedly kicked Womack in the leg, pulled a .45 caliber handgun from his belt, and shot Womack once in the stomach.
Elliott put the gun in his truck before returning to his yard work “as if nothing had happened”, the report said.
First responders found Womack lying on the street. He was airlifted to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.
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Elliott was arrested at the scene and taken to Liberty County Jail for murder.
He was being held on $1 million bail, according to online jail records.