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Charges: Man shoots at wall inside his house, kills roommate's dog on other side

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TAYLORSVILLE — A man who police say shot several rounds at a wall inside his house, hitting and killing his roommate's dog in the process, has been charged.

Benjamin Alan McArthur, 31, of Taylorsville, was charged Monday in 3rd District Court with three counts of illegally shooting a gun, a third-degree felony; aggravated cruelty to an animal, and criminal mischief, both class B misdemeanors.

On March 17, Unified police responded to McArthur's residence after he was on a FaceTime call with another person and put a gun to his head and a shot was heard, according to charging documents. Officers checking on McArthur heard two more shots from inside the home while they were standing outside, the charges state.

A robot was sent in to check on McArthur who was observed on video holding a gun, according to the charges. After negotiating with the man for a peaceful surrender, police got McArthur to exit the house and arrested him without further incident.

Officers then checked the inside of his house and found "several bullet holes in the walls," according to the charges. "One of the bullets went through several interior walls and struck his roommate's dog which killed it."

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