Police: Suspect Arrested For Shooting And Killing Homeless Person’s Dog In Morganton

The Latest:

Morganton Police have identified the suspect accused of fatally shooting a homeless person’s emotional support dog on Sunday afternoon.

Police say Markus Connelly was charged with two counts of felony cruelty to animals and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, after turning himself into the Burke County Sheriff’s Department Tuesday afternoon.

Connelly received a $10,000 secured bond for his involvement in the crime, which was posted within minutes, according to a news release.

Officers say numerous tips from social media aided in identifying the shooter of DJ, the emotional support dog, and police are still searching for information on the woman driving the Cadillac.

Anyone with any information on this incident is urged to contact clail@morgantonps.org or Morganton/Burke Crime Stoppers at 828-437-3333

Original Story (5/3/21):

MORGANTON, N.C. — Morganton Police are asking for the public’s help identifying a man accused of fatally shooting a homeless person’s dog Sunday afternoon.

The shooting happened around 2:30 p.m. near Jerry’s Neighborhood Store on East Meeting Street.

Officials say the man is suspected of walking up to a homeless person and shooting his dog named “DJ”.

“We are sad to report that DJ died as a result of the gunshot wounds,” Morganton Public Safety said in a Facebook post. “Any assistance from the public in identifying the suspect would be kept confidential.”

Anyone with any information on this incident is urged to contact clail@morgantonps.org or Morganton/Burke Crime Stoppers at 828-437-3333