Neighbor dispute that ended in man’s death involved his dog, family members say

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THORNTON, Colo. -- Vicki Key is never more than a few feet away from her daughter, also named Vicki.

Daughter Vicki’s fiance was killed Tuesday night in the 4600 block of 106th Drive in Thornton.

The family said the shooting happened over a dispute over their dog Bruno.

The family said 42-year-old Dustin Schmidt is the fallen loved one.

Vicki Key said Bruno was trying to get over the back fence, as he has done before, when Schmidt grabbed him and brought the 2-year-old dog back over.

She said he disciplined Bruno in the process. Vicki Key said the 32-year-old suspect, Michael Sadeghi, then just “snapped.”

He started yelling at Schmidt for swatting the dog. Key said Sadeghi pulled out a gun and fired, hitting Schmidt in the back of the head as he walked away.

The Thornton Police Department only confirmed that it is investigating a neighbor dispute. It also said Sadeghi is in custody for investigation of first-degree murder.

Sadeghi is due in court in Adams County on Thursday morning.

The family is now left to pick up the pieces and said they are in need of dog and cat food for all of their pets, and someone to walk Bruno.

A GoFundMe account called Justice for Dustin has been established.

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