Missouri officers take care of fatal shooting victim’s dog found in car

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. — Officers who responded to a fatal shooting at a Missouri Walmart on Wednesday later returned to the store for a call about the victim’s dog, who had been left in a car.

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Springfield police said Robert Weiser, 45, was delivering pharmaceuticals to the store pharmacy when Tanner Stichka approached his vehicle and an argument between them ended in gunfire, KNWA reported.

Stichka, 33, received medical attention but died at the scene. Weiser was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of second-degree murder. He was later released on Thursday after prosecutors declined to charge him, KNWA reported.

Investigators have not said what led to the altercation.

Springfield police were again called to the store later Wednesday, this time about a dog that was left in the victim’s car. Officers arrived and found the doors to the car unlocked. They were able to remove the dog, Zeke, and take him to a veterinarian, KTVI reported.

While officers were getting Zeke admitted, a stranger donated $100 for his care. The next day he was picked up by officers and taken to his regular veterinarian, where he was picked up by family.

“Thank you to our community for your care and concern,” the agency said on social media. “Zeke is doing well.”

We’ve received several questions about a dog, named Zeke, that belonged to the victim from yesterday’s fatal shooting...

Posted by Springfield, MO Police Department on Thursday, July 15, 2021
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