Fist fight over a dog’s barking leads to early Sunday morning shooting


Janesville Police arrested two men who got into a fist fight over a barking dog, during which one pulled a gun and fired a shot.

Around 1:40 a.m. Sunday morning, Police say 49-year-old Eugene Harp was walking his dog in the area of N. Atwood Avenue and E. Wall Street when 33-year-old Matthew Burr became upset with the dog’s barking, which lead to a fist fight between the two.

Harp suffered a “substantial” beating at Burr’s hands and pulled out a 9mm handgun and shot off a round. No one was injured, but a nearby police officer heard the shot and investigated.

Both men denied hearing the gunshot and were uncooperative with police, although during the course of the investigation, police say they were able to get details of the altercation, and eventually recover the gun from a nearby house.

A criminal check revealed that Harp was a convicted felon.

Harp was arrested and charged with Intoxicated Use of a Firearm, and being a Felon in Possession of a Firearm.

Burr was arrested and charged with Substantial Battery, due to injuries sustained in the fight.

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