MIAMI – A South Florida father accused of shooting a neighbor on Father's Day because the victim's dog was trying to defecate in his son's yard will remain in jail without bond.
Omar Rodriguez, 66, was arrested Sunday on charges of second-degree attempted murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He appeared before a Miami-Dade County judge Tuesday morning, when his bond was denied.
Miami-Dade police said Rodriguez shot Jose Rey during an argument in the Kendall neighborhood.
According to the police report, Rodriguez admitted that the dispute began when Rey's dog tried to defecate in Rodriguez's son's yard.
Rodriguez told police that Rey was walking his dog when Rey told Rodriguez that "he would be returning to fight him." Rodriguez said he took off his shirt and challenged Rey "to fight him now," but Rey ignored him and walked home.
Later in the day, Rodriguez was waiting for Rey at a neighborhood gathering, where the two exchanged words, police said.
Rodriguez then walked outside, went to his car, pulled a gun out of his glove compartment and shot Rey, police said.
A neighbor told police that he saw Rodriguez fire two shots at Rey. As he called police, the neighbor "(believed) he heard more shots being fired."
Rey's wife told Judge Mindy Glazer that her husband was undergoing surgery at Kendall Regional Medical Center.
Meanwhile, neighbors contend that Rodriguez has a reputation for being a troublemaker, although his lawyer said that's simply not true.
"We're confident that once all the facts are known and once all the circumstances surface that a different picture is going to be painted," Rodriguez's attorney, Alan Ross, told Local 10 News.
Follow Local 10 News on Twitter @WPLGLocal10