According to police, the incident took place at approximately 8:20 am on Tuesday, (January 15), when the two men began arguing in the area over the sale of a cell phone.
“The men were previously known to one another and panhandle together in the area of the Metrotown SkyTrain Station and bus-loop,” police said.
As the argument escalated, one of the men allegedly pulled a pistol style BB-gun from his jacket and demanded the cell phone, saying he would shoot the dog. The suspect then allegedly shot the dog once, hitting the dog’s front paw and causing it to bleed.
Officers conducting patrols in the area heard the men arguing and approached the scene,
The suspect was arrested and a black Sig Sauer pistol BB gun – which police said “closely resembled a legitimate firearm” – was recovered from the suspect.
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Now, the suspect, William Michael Ayers – who is of no fixed address and known to police – has been charged with injuring a dog, possessing a weapon for a dangerous purpose and carrying a concealed weapon.
He was released on an undertaking with release conditions which included keeping the peace and being of good behaviour. He must also have no contact with the victim, avoid the area of Metrotown Mall and not possess weapons including knives.
His next court appearance is scheduled for February 6, 2019, 9 am at Vancouver Provincial Court.
“Mac,” the canine victim, suffered minor injuries and is expected to make a full recovery.