Arthur Lee Pipes Jr., 25, of Chiefland, an Army veteran who completed two combat tours in Iraq, is accused of dousing his mother-in-law's house with a 5-gallon gas can, intent on setting it ablaze, and fatally shooting the family dog after his wife told him she wanted a divorce and emptied the bank account, according to a media release by the Levy County Sheriff's Office.
Pipes had a cigarette lighter, but his wife and her mother wrestled it from his hands before he could ignite the gas, the report states. He then went outside and shot the pet dog, a Labrador mix, with an AK-47, the release said.
After fleeing in his truck, Pipes later returned to the home, where there was a short stand off with authorities. Pipes was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, one count of animal cruelty and one count of attempted arson.
Inside of Pipes truck deputies found a loaded AK-47 rifle, loaded 380 semi-automatic pistol, .22-caliber rifle in the toolbox and two flashlights, according to a Levy County Sheriff's Office news release.
In a statement to authorities Pipes stated that he risked his life fighting in Iraq and earned the money to pay for the house and now his wife has emptied the bank account and wanted a divorce. Pipes stated that he shot the dog three times with his AK-47 because the dog would not stop barking.