A love triangle in the small Catawba County town of Claremont ended in a bizarre duel, with one man armed with a gun and the other armed with a pit bull.
Both men were being treated for injuries at separate hospitals, reported media outlets. Claremont is about 55 miles northwest of Charlotte.
The dispute played out Thursday on Gateway Drive, when William Raymond Code showed up with his pit bull and found Jordan Rafeal Norwood and a female in bed together, reported the Hickory Daily Record.
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At that point, Norwood got a gun from the car, and the chase went in reverse, with Code and the dog on the run, outlets reported. Norwood fired until he ran out of bullets, hitting Code in the leg, reported the Hickory Daily Record.
The dog, named Zeus, then bit Norwood on the thigh and the shoulder, it was reported. The dog was not struck by any bullets.
Friends of Code told the Observer the dog bit Norwood only after the gunfire began, and was trying to protect his owner.
“We’ve seen love triangles, but a man brought a dog to a gun fight; probably first one I’ve seen like that,” Catawba County Sheriff Coy Reid told TV station WSOC.
Charges had not been filed early Friday, the Daily Record reported.