Man Arrested After Two Week Search for Allegedly Fatally Shooting Ex-Girlfriend's Puppy

The 32-year-old man allegedly shot and killed the 4-month-old puppy on Jan. 2.


A Los Angeles man has been arrested after allegedly killing his ex-girlfriend’s puppy.

CBS News reports that the man, David Sumlin, was on the run for two weeks before authorities apprehended him on Monday at around 12:10 a.m. local time. LAPD originally issued an arrest warrant for him on Jan. 2 after he and his ex-girlfriend got into an altercation.

The former couple were arguing on Jan. 2, with the exchange soon intensifying when he allegedly threatened to kill her pet. According to a press release from the LAPD, “Sumlin held a pillow over the victim’s dog and pointed a gun into the pillow. Sumlin then stated, ‘It’s either you or the dog,’”

According to the department’s statement, Sumlin fired twice through the pillow at the 4-month-old puppy. The dog was later taken to an animal shelter where it passed away. Law enforcement discovered two 9mm caliber shell casings at the scene, though it appears that they haven’t located the firearm.

The breed of the dog is unknown, and it's unclear how long the woman had the pet. Police wouldn’t discuss if there had been prior domestic violence incidents between Sumlin and his ex.

According to KTLA, Sumlin has been convicted of at least four felonies, including attempted robbery, assault with a firearm, and transportation of a controlled substance for sale. Because the 32-year-old is a felon, he’s banned from owning a gun and ammunition in California.

Following the incident involving his ex-girlfriend, he’s now looking at a federal charge of possessing a firearm as a felon and is being held on $50,000 bail.

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