Tyler woman angry over dog shooting, didn't know murder suspect was living with her

Tyler woman angry over dog shooting, didn't know murder suspect was living with her

Outside a Tyler home on Thursday, 19-year-old Elisha Williams surrendered and went to jail under suspicion of murder.

He's one of four suspects in a shooting that killed Briana Young in July.

Laquita Watson had nothing to do with it until Williams showed up at her door. She said he claimed his mom had kicked him out.

"He was a kid from around the neighborhood," Watson said. "And he just asked, you know, could he crash there for a couple of days."

Watson said she never knew he was Elisha Williams.

"I know him by another name," she said. "Because I wouldn't have had him at my residence."

Eventually police caught on and came for Williams. They said Watson's dog, named "Reall," got in the way.

"Two ladies came out of the residence," Tyler Police Training Officer Doyle Lynch said the day of the arrest. "Behind them came a pit bull. The officers requested that they take the dog and put the dog back in the residence. Those requests went ignored."

"They say that they ordered us to restrain the dog. That's a lie," Watson said. "They did not ask me anything. My dog was deceased when I got outside."

Watson said that's why she's speaking out.

"I raised Reall to be a loving dog and that's what he was," she said. "That was my baby to me. I feel like they took something from me that they had no right to take from me."

At the time, Lynch said officers believed the dog was violent and were in fear for their lives.

Watson said she knows the situation was serious, but that it also deserved a closer look.

"They were doing their job," she said. "That's fine. But they killed my baby in the process, and I'm speaking of Reall."

Watson also took issue with animal control not returning Reall's body once everything was over. She said she would have appreciated being able to bury him.

Watson said she's considering a lawsuit against Tyler Police over her dog's death.


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