Argument Over Dog Ends in Fatal Shooting

Here’s a sad story that we dug up in The Washington Post from May 26th, 1969.

An argument over a dog that bit a young boy ended in the fatal shooting of the son of the dog’s owner last night in 13th Street nw.

William Fields Jr., 29, who was visiting his father at 5421 13th st. nw, was shot to death following an argument with Charles Handy, 38, of 5419 13th st., after Handy had returned from a hospital where his seven-year-old son was being treated for a dog bite.

Police said Handy, who was charged with homicide, argued with the younger Fields, after William Fields Sr. had complained that Handy had threatened to shoot the dog. The younger Fields was pronounced dead at the scene.

Here’s the block today on Google Street View.

May 26th was also the day Apollo 10 returned to Earth after the final test runs by NASA for the mission to the moon.

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  • WandaChocolate MintLover Field

    Wow! Yes Forty-six years ago today, Charles Handy killed our father. My mother was pregnant with my youngest brother. My father was Twenty-Six years old at the time of his death not 29. My twin brother and I were four years old, my sister was six years old. Gone but never forgotten.

    • I hope all you folks are alright

    • Jared Arrevois

      I am sorry for your loss.