The incident took place at about 11 a.m. that Saturday while Mike was outside playing with three other dogs: a small Yorkshire terrier, a 10-week-old pit bull puppy and a 2-year-old pit bull-Lab mix.
There were no witnesses to the incident, but, according to the county's sheriff's office, the shooter was bicycling through Bessler's neighborhood when he claimed he felt threatened by Mike and was "attacked." The man allegedly attempted to evade Mike using his bicycle as a shield, but when that didn't work, he reached for his weapon mounted to the bike and shot the dog.
Bessler told the Powell Tribune that Mike "never gets out on the road," and "he would never attack someone," claiming the dog "had no teeth from years of chewing rocks out of anxiety." Further, the shooter's initial account stated he had been attacked by a "pack of dogs," but he later admitted only Mike threatened him.
The shooter left the scene without any bite marks, according to Bessler's roommate. Additionally, neighbors reported they heard no barking or sounds of distress prior to the gunshots. The 59-year-old shooter still has not been cited for any wrongdoing, according to the Powell Tribune.