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Man booked for killing dog, firing on neighbors, Amador deputies

An Amador County man has been arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after allegedly firing on deputies and his neighbors after shooting a dog.

No humans were hurt in the Thursday shooting incident. However, the dog, rushed to VCA Sacramento Veterinary for treatment, succumbed to his injury.

Jack Edward Souza, 66, was booked into Amador County Jail on suspicion of attempted murder, assault on a peace officer with a firearm, shooting into an inhabited dwelling and animal cruelty.

An emergency call from residents in the 1800 block of Carbondale lane about 5 p.m. Thursday brought deputies to a home where neighbors said Souza had shot their family dog.

It was reported that Souza had then turned a rifle on neighbors, according to a sheriff’s department press release. Numerous shots were fired as they attempted to hide in their home.

When deputies arrived, Souza allegedly opened fire on them. Special Weapons and Tactics Team members arrived, along with a negotiating team. SWAT deputies used an armored vehicle to evacuate neighbors.

After hours of negotiations with Souza, he gave up at about 9 p.m. Thursday. Several firearms were found in Souza’s home. Expended cartridges were found strewn about the floor.

The neighbor’s German shepherd was found chained and suffering from a gunshot wound to its hindquarters. He was later pronounced dead by a veterinarian.