Killeen: Animal control officer threatened, pursued

Marcus Devon Hunter. (Jail photo)
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KILLEEN, Texas (KWTX) A 22-year-old man remained in custody Tuesday after a Killeen animal control officer was threatened and pursued as he drove off in his city truck with an emaciated puppy he found by a dumpster.

Marcus Devon Hunter was arrested Saturday on a warrant charging obstruction or retaliation.

He remained in the Bell County Jail Tuesday in lieu of $100,000 bond, according to online jail records.

The incident happened on Oct. 10 in the area of Wolf Street and Hallmark Avenue.

The animal control officer told police he was sent to the 500 block of Priest Drive in response to a report of a loose dog and found the puppy, which he secured in his truck, an arrest warrant affidavit says.

He then spotted six more malnourished puppies in the backyard of a home in the 400 block of Wolf Street and knocked on the door, the affidavit says.

The four people in the house began to yell at him and one of them demanded that he return the puppy found by the dumpster and threatened to shoot him if he didn’t, the affidavit says.

The animal control officer retreated to his truck “fearing he would be shot” and drove off, the affidavit says.

The man who threatened him began to follow him and he believed “the suspect was going to chase him down and shoot him,” the affidavit says.