A 70-year-old Texas man shot and killed his neighbor on Friday during a long – running dispute over a loose dog in the community, authorities said. He then continued doing yard work.
Around 2:45 p.m., Eric Lee Elliott was working in his yard on County Road 2683 when his neighbor’s dog, 60-year-old William Duncan Womack‘s, escaped and ran into the yard, KHOU-TV reported, citing the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office.
Elliot approached Womack’s stepdaughter and started demanding that she keep the dog out from his yard or he would kill it, according to deputies.
According to investigators, the stepdaughter informed Womack of the threat, and he ended up going out into the street to talk with Elliott. Elliott reportedly kicked Womack in the leg, drew a.45-caliber handgun from his waist, and gunned down Womack.
Elliott placed the gun in his truck and resumed his yard work “as if nothing had happened,” according to the report.
Womack was discovered lying in the street by first responders. He was airlifted to a hospital and pronounced dead upon arrival.
Elliott was apprehended and booked into the Liberty County Jail on a murder charge.
According to online jail records, he was being held on a $1 million bond.