Man Killed Wife After Dog Pooped in House: Cops

Michael Stephen Stolz shot their two dogs, too

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted Mar 29, 2012 11:18 AM CDT

(Newser) – Yikes: A Texas man is charged with shooting and killing his wife after one of their dogs pooped in the house. Michael Stephen Stolz, 76, told police that he first shot the defecating dog—a German Shepherd mix—after the incident Saturday. Then he shot the couple's other dog, a Rottweiler. His wife Bernice, 49, was screaming as he shot the dogs ... so he shot her, too, he said. He claimed he meant to shoot himself as well but ran out of bullets.

Police were alerted after Bernice didn't make it to work for a few days, and smelled decomposition when they approached the home. Stolz wouldn't let them in, but ultimately surrendered after a five-hour standoff. He was arrested and charged with murder, Reuters reports. Says the police captain, "Sometimes it's just a trivial little thing that sets people off."

The dog that pooped in the house was a German Shepherd mix, but not this one.
The dog that pooped in the house was a German Shepherd mix, but not this one.   (©West Midlands Police)
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