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Cleveland man shoots at neighbor holding baby because of dog fight

May 23, 2018 GMT

Cleveland man shoots at neighbor holding baby because of dog fight

CLEVELAND, Ohio — A Cleveland man shot at his neighbor, who was holding his 1-year-old daughter, because their dogs got into a fight earlier that day, police said.

Philleppe Sharp, 34, is charged with felonious assault. He is being held in the Cuyahoga County Jail on $250,000 bond after his first court appearance on Monday.

The shooting happened about 10:45 a.m. Thursday in the 11100 block of Notre Dame Avenue in the city’s Buckeye-Woodhill neighborhood.

Sharp and his neighbor’s dog both got loose about the same time and attacked each other, according to police. Sharp’s girlfriend and his neighbor, a 30-year-old woman ran outside and tried to break up the fight with a stick.

Both women grabbed their dogs, and fought with each other about who was at fault, according police reports. Sharp and the other woman’s boyfriend, a 30-year-old man, came outside and started fighting, according to police.

The other man told police he was winning the fight against Sharp and Sharp ran to his house, according to police reports.

The 30-year-old man went back to his house and was standing on his front porch holding his 1-year-old daughter when Sharp emerged from his home, police said.

Sharp stood in a field in front of his neighbor’s home and fired a gunshot, police said. The bullet sailed just over the man’s head, hitting the porch’s roof above where the he was standing, according to court records.  

Police went to the home, but Sharp had left by the time they arrived, police said. The officers left but returned when a neighbor reported that Sharp had returned, police reports say.

Police surrounded the home and ordered Sharp to come out with his hands up. Some 25 minutes later, a woman emerged and told police she didn’t think anyone else was inside, police said.

Officers broke down the door to the home and found Sharp on the second floor of the home, police reports say. He eventually showed officers where he hid the gun in the attic, according to police.

Sharp admitted to police he shot at the man because he was mad about the fight over the dogs, but said he shot his gun in the air and didn’t aim at his neighbor, according to police reports.

Sharp has previous convictions for domestic violence, drug trafficking and possession and attempted breaking and entering. 

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