• Sheriff: ‘A man brought a dog to a gunfight'

    By: Dave Faherty


    CATAWBA COUNTY, N.C. - William Code went through a window at a Claremont home with his pit bull Zeus after finding a man in bed with the woman he knew, deputies said. 

    Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid said it is one of the more unusual case he's worked in his 30-plus years of law enforcement.

    "It's pretty close,” Reid said. “We've seen love triangles before, but a man brought a dog to a gunfight. Probably is the first one I saw of that."

    Jordan Rafael, who was in the home with the woman, ended up being chased outside by Code and Zeus, deputies said. The pit bull attacked after Rafael got a gun from the vehicle and fired it several times striking Code. 

    Zeus bit Rafael on the thigh and his shoulder, and both men were rushed to separate hospitals. 

    Neighbors like Dee Cook are in disbelief over what happened. 

    She had seen Code at the home with the dog in the past.  

    "Never have I ever heard of anything happening like that,” Cook said. “And this is a nice family neighborhood. We walk our dog here and kids ride bikes. Can't imagine anything like that happening."

    There has been no information released about possible charges.

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