Phoenix man accused of firing shot in dispute with dog owner

PHOENIX (AP) - Authorities say an armed Phoenix man confronted a dog owner and threatened to shoot him and his pet before firing once.

Phoenix police say 59-year-old Mark Melnick was booked into jail Sunday on suspicion of one count of attempted second-degree murder and one count of interfering with a judicial proceeding.

They say the other man already has a harassment injunction against Melnick.

Police say Melnick claims the other man's dog once bit him.

They say the shot fired by Melnick struck the tire of the other man's car at townhomes where they both live.

Melnick told police that he's an expert marksman and if he wanted to shoot the victim, he would have.

He remains jailed on $200,000 bond. Melnick didn't have a lawyer at his initial court appearance Monday.

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