James L. Laber

James L. Laber, 58, of Grayson, was arrested by the Carter County Sheriff's Department on the charges of first degree wanton endangerment, second degree disorderly conduct, and third degree criminal mischief.

GRAYSON Carter County authorities recently arrested a man recently after he allegedly fired a weapon into his neighbor's yard to attempt to silence their dog with the bullet missing the neighbors by approximately 40 to 50 feet.

James L. Laber, 58, of Grayson, was arrested by the Carter County Sheriff's Department on the charges of first degree wanton endangerment, second degree disorderly conduct, and third degree criminal mischief.

Laber was arrested after authorities were dispatched to a home on Laber Road in reference to a neighbor shooting at the victim's dog that was in a kennel, according to police reports.

The neighbor said she was standing by her vehicle when she looked up and allegedly saw Laber standing by his vehicle and pointing a gun towards her house, according to police reports.

She said he then fired the handgun towards her house, approximately 40-50 feet from where the two females were standing, according to police reports. The deputy was able to locate a small hole in the side of the garage, consistent with the size of a .22 caliber bullet, according to police reports.

“Where the bullet hit the garage is where their daughter plays and feeds the pig and dog,” said police reports. “If the bullet would have continued it would have went into the bedroom of their daughter.”

Deputies made contact with Laber, who said he shot his .22 pistol to “shut up” the dog, according to police reports.

Deputies contacted the county attorney and obtained a search warrant, and retrieved the firearm, according to police reports.

Laber was booked at the Carter County Detention Center.

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