Radio personality shoots dog, injures wife

Editor’s note: Lovefraud received a tip about this story from a reader who was once involved with this man. Luckily, she got out.

Shannon Burke, a radio personality with Real Radio 104.1 in Orlando Florida, was arrested for firing a shot inside his home that injured a family dog and then grazed his wife in the head.

According to the Orlando Sentinel, Catherine Burke, the wife, said her husband was upset because the dog dug out of the yard. The paper reported:

[Catherine Burke] said her husband picked up her spaniel named Charlotte “and threw her harshly to the ground.” Then, she said, he walked to a closet and got his gun and said: “I’m going to shoot the dog in the head and you’re going to watch.””¨

He pointed the gun at the dog and fired, but nothing happened, she said.ӬHe changed ammo clips, put the dog on the bed and fired a shot, she said.

“Charlotte yelped in agony and directly after that I felt a burning pain on the side of my head,” she said.

After a few days in jail, Burke was released but ordered to wear a GPS monitoring device.

Burke was arrested in 2008 for alcohol-related reckless driving and received probation. On May 4, 2009, Burke was fired by his employer, Clear Channel Communications.

News coverage:

Orlando Sentinel: Shannon Burke released from jail; wife files papers for protection from him

Fox 35 News: Photos released in Burke shooting

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“Towando” hmm, guess I’ll have to see that movie. Thankyou Oxdrover, I sure got through a lot of recovery today! One day at a time.

Hi everyone-

I haven’t posted in some time and really need to respond to so many of the articles and comments here!

What struck a cord is the issue of violence against animals by sociopaths…What was really the turning point with my stbx (we are going through a contentious divorce at the moment) is when he raged at my 6 year old daughter that if she didn’t behave that he would take the 3 little kittens she had been raising out in the woods and kill them. And my former FIL apparently told my stbx’s sister that if my ex didn’t take them out and kill them that he would! It was truly terrorizing and when I finally stood up to him….

On another note, I remember living in Greece there was a story in the news there about a pedophile and muderer (his own son was the victim) who never lived beyond the prison transport. The other prisoners actually bit him to death (they were handcuffed)! …I actually am working in corrections right now and live in a state where sex offenders are completely segregated (the vast majority of them at least) in a different facility. One reason if that they receive specialized psychological treatment (which is not very effective) there but also for their own safety…There is also a division of this facility where individuals can be committed for life if they are deemed to be a “sexually dangerous person” after serving their time…

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