ADAMS, MASSACHUSETTS: A Massachusetts man accidentally shot and killed his neighbor with his crossbow while trying to save him from a pit bull attack, authorities have confirmed. The tragic incident unfolded this past Wednesday, February 5, at a residence at 19 Bellevue Avenue, according to a press release by the Berkshire County District Attorney.
Following an investigation by the Chief Medical Examiner’s Office, the victim was identified as 27-year-old Joshua Jadusingh. Investigators said the neighbor heard a commotion from the home and called police before making his way over and deciding to take action when he saw two pit bulls attacking the victim.
He went and retrieved his crossbow and shot at the dogs. The arrow struck one of the dogs glancingly, went through a door, and then struck the victim being mauled as he was trying to barricade himself from the attack.
Adams Police confirmed they had received multiple 911 calls at approximately 12:09 pm for a reported mauling, and when responding officers and a K9 unit arrived at the scene, they found two adult pit bulls “engaging in a volatile confrontation.”
The dogs then turned their attention to the officers and started attacking them, following which they were shot and killed. After securing the scene, investigators found the body of the victim with a fatal crossbow injury inside the apartment and an unharmed child in a nearby room.
Speaking about the attack, Berkshire District Attorney Andrea Harrington said one of the dogs belonged to the victim, and the other to his girlfriend, who also lived at the home. She revealed they were known to fight and kept in separate cages.
She also shared that both had a history of being aggressive, and that one had previously attacked a person, who then required medical attention for their injuries.
Harrington said the victim’s death appeared to be accidental and described the neighbor as a “good samaritan” who was cooperating with the authorities and their investigation. She confirmed he had a license for the crossbow, which he used for hunting.
“The neighbor was reacting in a very stressful circumstance and is very distraught,” she said, adding that she does not anticipate bringing criminal charges against him.
The ballistics portion of the incident is still under investigation.