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Dogs Barked at a New Mexico Man as He Drove By in His Truck. A Gunfight Ensued.

New Mexico Man Charged in Alleged Gunfight Over Barking Dog: Police
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A man drove by three people walking their dogs in New Mexico and the dogs barked at him. He then allegedly stopped, got out and a gunfight ensued, police said.

May 29 2024, Published 12:04 p.m. ET

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A New Mexico man is facing charges in connection with a gunfight that erupted over barking dogs, the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of New Mexico announced recently.

Harley Davidson Joe, a 38-year-old member of the Navajo Nation, appeared before a federal judge recently and was released pending trial.

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According to the criminal complaint, three people in Gallup were walking their dogs recently when Joe drove by in a pickup truck.

The dogs barked at the truck, but did not approach the vehicle. Joe allegedly stopped and got out of the truck to confront the group about their barking dogs.

During the ensuing argument, Joe allegedly brandished a handgun. One of the individuals, identified in court documents as John Doe 1 allegedly returned fire in self-defense, firing approximately 10 rounds, emptying his firearm.

Joe got back into his truck and drove away, while the dog walkers, including John Doe 1, ran back to their residence.

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Later, Joe called for an ambulance. Medical responders arrived at his residence in Gallup and found he had sustained a gunshot wound to his abdomen. He was transported to the Gallup Indian Medical Center for treatment.

Joe claimed he had been shot by an unknown person. At his home, investigators found his green Dodge pickup truck with blood inside, along with a Glock 17 handgun he had initially denied having, documents show.

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According to the court documents, Joe later told investigators he had retrieved the gun from under the driver's seat after he had been shot, and fired approximately five rounds at two men who ran toward him.

If convicted, Joe faces a minimum of 10 years up to life in prison.

TMX contributed to this report.

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