TROY (WWJ) – A Troy man has been charged with attempted murder after police say he shot his neighbor in an apparent argument over barking dogs.

Police said 73-year-old David Keats got angry last Friday when his 52-year-old next door neighbor kicked the fence and told Keat’s three dogs to quiet down.

Keats allegedly yelled “don’t tell my dogs to shut up,” before he began shooting — one round hitting his neighbor in the face.  Police said Keats fired four rounds at the victim as he was running away. 

“It just seemed to have escalated at this point, and really it didn’t seem that out of control,” said Troy Police Captain Robert Redmond. “Even the victim was kind of shocked that it was more of a discussion about the barking dogs and it just turned into shots being fired.”

Keats was arrested without incident and charged with assault with attempt to murder and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony. He was released on a $1 million personal bond.

Keats is expected in 52-4 District Court next Monday for a preliminary exam.

The victim remains hospitalized in stable condition.

Redmond said the dogs were not hurt.


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