Man Fires Gun to Stop Dog Fight, Charged with Felony

No injuries were reported after John Pina fired two shots from a handgun into the air, police said.

John Pina. Credit: Nashua PD
John Pina. Credit: Nashua PD
John Pina, 46, of 11 Harvard St., Apartment B, Nashua, was arrested Aug. 2, charged with reckless conduct, a class B felony.

On August 2 at approximately 7 p.m., patrol officers from Nashua Police Department responded to the area of Harvard Street for the report of shots fired. Upon their arrival they determined that Pina had fired a handgun into the air twice in an effort to scare two dogs who were fighting with each other. No one was injured as a result of the shots being fired.

A class B felony is punishable by up to seven years imprisonment, exclusive of fines. John Pina is being held at the Nashua Police Department on $ 3,000 cash / surety bail and is scheduled to be arraigned in the 9th Circuit Court, Nashua District Division on August 5, 2013.

Scott Prevett August 05, 2013 at 09:54 AM
Let the guy go. He was trying to save a dog from getting killed, for crying out loud.
Carol Robidoux (Editor) August 05, 2013 at 09:58 AM
Scott, NPD Lt. Denis Linehan said in response to your question: "Any time you discharge a firearm in a compact area of the city when there are other people around it's reckless conduct."
Scott Prevett August 05, 2013 at 10:07 AM
I understand that, but nobody was hurt. It was irresponsible, but a felony? No way. If I was on the jury I'd acquit unless the penalty was reduced significantly.
Mary Boulanger August 05, 2013 at 10:14 AM
Gee last dog fight I encountered, I threw a hard bound book at them & they stopped. It amazes me how people act reckless. last I knew bullets fired from a gun towards the sky,have to come down somewhere!
Ray Guarino August 05, 2013 at 10:16 AM
There are no bad dogs, just bad dog owners, There are no bad handguns, just bad handgun owners. Regulations are essential to keep dogs and handguns from becoming a threat to the public.
Scott Prevett August 05, 2013 at 11:10 AM
Ray, your 'regulations' turn people who make minor mistakes into felons. The US has 5% of the world's population, but 25% of the world's prison inmates. We're not better at catching crooks, we're better at making them.
Ray Guarino August 05, 2013 at 01:07 PM
Scott, according to the NRA and their favorite Senator, Senator Ayotte, the government is doing a lousy job at catching the criminals who violate existing gun laws, therefore, tougher gun laws, like those on background checks, are not necessary? We need instead, tougher enforcement of existing laws they say. Can we conclude that you disagree with Ayotte who says that tough enforcement of existing laws is not happeneing?
Ray Guarino August 05, 2013 at 01:09 PM
And if someone shoots in the air and coincidentally, that slug hits someone, we can simply explain to the recipient that, hey, it's just a mistake, sorry about the lead in your abdomen.
Bill Poliquin August 05, 2013 at 02:32 PM
Didn't Joe Biden say it was ok to blast 2 shots in the air?
Ray Guarino August 05, 2013 at 02:48 PM
I don't recall Joe Biden saying it's OK to take out a shot gun when two dogs were fighting and blast two shots in the air to stop them.
Ann Beauregard August 05, 2013 at 11:16 PM
Help me understand something please. I do believe the situation on Temple st. Last month when 2 police officers shot and killed a dog that was being walked, that bit and held onto some guys leg. The officers claimed they or one of them " fired a shot into the air, to try to scare the dog" TEMPLE ST. Pretty busy area, elderly housing, people out and visible. Did the officer get charged with a felony? Or how about even a week without pay? Written warning? Verbal? For doing the same thing? I am guessing, none of that took place. So why such serious actions towards this guy? Just one more gun now they can say they got off the streets from a DANGEROUS FELON! I am sorry, this just seems unnecessary. Yes, it was reckless on his, and the POLICE OFFICERS parts, but I am sure he will never do it again with a warning.
Ray Guarino August 06, 2013 at 09:33 AM
Ann, a police officer and a guy with a gun are not equal. The police are trained and work for the city to serve and protect, the guy with the gun is, well, just a guy with a gun. The law is the law. People with firearms should know the law and understand that firing a gun in the city is not lawfull except under certain circumstances. What good are laws if we do not enforce them? On the other hand, the police used their weapons to protect someone from the dogs, whereas the guy with the gun was using his to break up a dog fight. The situations were not the same. No one was being attacked by the dogs in the case of the dog fight. But in th epolice action, you said that someone was being bitten, so they shot the dog. I hope that helps you understand.
JPF36 August 06, 2013 at 11:09 AM
Ray, How can a supposed trained officer as you say know where his bullet will come back to earth when shot into the air? He doesn't. It is a double standard. The Cop should have lost his job and been brought up on charges as well for RECKLESS CONDUCT. You sir are nothing but an antagonist. I suggest you get a LIFE.
Ray Guarino August 06, 2013 at 12:00 PM
JPF36, if the cop shot in the air, and did not follow protocol then he should be castigated for it, but not charged because he was using his gun in the line of duty. When police officers do not do their job right, they should be reprimanded. Nevertheless, you are nothing but a know nothing who watches too much silly right wing propaganda. And if you don't like what I write because you disagree with it then,,,,too bad, grow up.
Ann Beauregard August 06, 2013 at 03:43 PM
Ray, thank you but as the Editor reported Scott, NPD Lt. Denis Linehan said in response to your question: "Any time you discharge a firearm in a compact area of the city when there are other people around it's reckless conduct." Which was the response of a Lt.
JPF36 August 06, 2013 at 03:55 PM
I guess reading the local newspaper and watching channel nine news isn't what I should be doing. So what should I be doing to get the BIASED BS that you post here on Patch??
Djorje Shugden August 07, 2013 at 01:31 AM
Nashua is more Massachusetts than New Hampshire.
Tom August 12, 2013 at 11:00 PM
Firing a gun in a urban area is dumb - remember what goes up must come down. Maybe it won't have the same velocity but who wants a bullet hitting them on the head?


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