Calf, Horse Fatally Shot In Bedford County

Posted at 1:21 PM, Jun 27, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-27 23:12:22-04

A six-month-old calf and a horse were shot dead in Bedford County on Tuesday by a man with an AK-47 and now authorities are trying to determine who pulled the trigger.  

The calf was shot on Simmons Road around 1 p.m. His owner, Jimmy Simmons, is beside himself over the loss of the animal.  

“I mean what’s wrong with these people? I don’t know, I don’t understand,” he said.  

Jimmy says the calf was in a smaller field near the front of his property with its mom, a larger beef cow who has a torn ligament. Fortunately for Jimmy, the rest of his nearly 30 cattle were toward the back of his 90 acres when the shooting happened in broad daylight. 

“I hope they catch them and prosecute them, what’s going to stop them from shooting a person,” he wonders. 

Officials believe the shooting is also connected to a shooting a few miles away that fatally wounded a horse.

On Jimmy’s property, officials found seven shell casings from an AK-47. A neighbor who spotted the shooter driving away believe they were in a smaller silver Ford sedan. 

Officials made an arrest in the case late Wednesday night. Ethan Barrett, 19 was taken into custody.

Ethan Barrett

He was charged with three counts of vandalism, three counts of aggravated animal cruelty and has a $30,000 bond.