Man Shooting at Chicken-Killing Dog Arrested

This is a press release from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office. The information has not been proven in a court of law and any individuals described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty:

Gabriel Alejandro FerreiraOn 10-16-2015 at approximately 9:35 AM Deputies from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office were dispatched to a report of two shots fired in the parking lot of a pre-school located in the 76000 block of High School Street in Covelo, California.

It was reported an adult male holding a shotgun had shot twice at a dog that had killed his chickens at a nearby residence.  The dog had fled the area after the shots were fired.

Deputies responded and confirmed that the adult male, Gabriel Alejandro Ferreira [age 50 from Covelo, had discharged a shotgun twice while standing in the pre-school parking lot.

There were no children in Ferreira’s immediate presence at the time of the incident and no damage to school property was noted.

Ferreira was arrested for reckless discharge of a firearm and possession of a firearm on school grounds.

Ferreira was booked into the Mendocino County Jail where he was to be held in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Approved By: Greg Van Patten



  • Dum-ass.

  • Revenge is a meal best served cold. $100,000 bail seems a bit steep for the circumstances.

    • Right… because assholes shooting guns in front of preschools when their life isn’t endangered is a perfectly reasonable thing by civilized standards?!

      Buy a vowel, dude!

    • Lost Croat Outburst

      “Parking lot of a pre-school” could count as aggravating circumstances. If he had shot the dogs on his own property with a safe backdrop, he’d be eligible for a community-service award.

  • What a piece of shit! This guy should go to prison. Paranoid, insecure, gun-clutching white men with chips on their shoulders are the scariest thing I can think of…

  • Was this guy e.powered by the story of the cattle attacking dogs?

    Wonder what his handle is?

  • I don’t think I see the problem. You can shoot dogs that kill your livestock, can’t you? No kids around, no damage to school property.

  • Then one day he was shootin at some food and up through the ground come a bubblin crude. Oil that is,,Black gold, Texas Tea.

  • Poor judgement I suspect on the part of the shooter. Article does not say how close to the pre-school the shooter was standing. Nor the pellet size of the ammunition. And I agree 100K is a large bail. There must be more to this story. Maybe he is a felon in possession.

    • Not necessarily pellets. Shotguns can carry different loads.
      For example, single .00 buck is one solid ball. Not accurate at any distance, but capable of removing any part it hits at “close” range. A well-tuned 4.10 (shotgun) with a .00 load can take the head off a turkey at 15 yards. Painless for the bird, and no cracked teeth around the Thanksgiving table.
      When I was a girl (North Dakota) the NRA held gun-safety classes as an after-school program and it offered a good education in the subject. The emphasis was on Knowledge and Safety, as in the Safety which comes from Knowledge. Only after we passed (100% – very difficult) tests of knowledge were we allowed to advance to Proficiency and the Merit Badges.
      I know that today the NRA is totally out-of-hand with its political power, so “hold your fire” on that; still, back then, the NRA taught us to use these tools safely and with respect. Classes began in Grade Four. Girls were equally encouraged to participate, and did.
      I’ve often thought this program would be excellent in today’s public education, but with current oh-NO thinking, gun safety is basically relegated to on-the-job-training. Eeeek!
      One way to get a modicum of knowledge is through the current Sheriffs’ programs for Concealed Weapons’ Permits. Sixteen hours of class and practice, good qualifying test. (And background checks.) Sure beats being freaked out at the mere thought… af

      • Lost Croat Outburst

        When I was a kid, the NRA was a gun advocacy and safety organization. My Boy Scout troop happily went through the gun safety courses. First 1911 .45 auto I ever shot belonged to the Protestant minister, and I was Catholic. That’s ecumenical. Talk to me about Vatican II. American gun culture at its best.

  • No charge for trespassing or cruelty to animals?

  • I suspect the charges were discharge of a firearm within city limits and trespassing. He should have waited for the dogs to come back on to his property and then take photos and go to animal control. The dogs’ owner is liable for damage to livestock.

  • Real Big Rare Fire

    Interestingly enough, the same gentleman was visited this morning by yet another dog who killed yet another chicken. He called the Sheriff, who contacted Animal Control. It only took them three hours and forty-five minutes to return his call. So much for following the letter of the law. Nice collection of IQ’s here.

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