ECSO: Beulah Man Aimed Loaded Shotgun At Four People, Later Fired In Dispute Over Lost Dog

February 18, 2020

A Beulah man allegedly pointed a loaded shotgun at a woman and three other people as she tried to get her missing dog back before he later fired into the air.

Brian Scott Lineberger, 52, was charged with four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and discharging a firearm on a residential property. He was released from the Escambia County Jail Monday morning on a $21,000 bond.

A woman told deputies that her German shepherd got loose from her home on Windy Hill Road, and someone posted on Facebook that her dog was found at Lineberger’s home in the 7000 block of Frank Reeder Road. The woman, her husband and two neighbors went to Lineberger’s residence to retrieve the dog.

A female at the home was very confrontational, intoxicated and did not want to return the dog until law enforcement arrived, the victim told deputies. The four victims said they decided to wait by the road to avoid confrontation until deputies arrived. As they began to walk away from the residence, Lineberger rushed out of the house, yelling and pointing a loaded shotgun at all four victims, according to an Escambia County Sheriff’s Office report.

All four victims were standing by the side of the road when they heard the shotgun fired, the report states. A witness across the road told deputies that she heard arguing and recognized a female’s voice as she yelled “don’t shoot” just before hearing a single gunshot.

According to the ECSO report, both the woman and Lineberger were extremely intoxicated, and Lineberger told deputies that he wanted to talk to a lawyer.

Deputies found spent 12-gauge shotgun shell in the driveway, and a second shell that had not yet been fired.

The report does not specify if the woman got her lost dog back.


12 Responses to “ECSO: Beulah Man Aimed Loaded Shotgun At Four People, Later Fired In Dispute Over Lost Dog”

  1. David on February 19th, 2020 8:56 pm

    “Mary F. on February 18th, 2020 4:19 pm
    Why is it legal to discharge a firearm in Pilgrim Hills subdivision repeatedly and not in this residential property???”

    Because target practice is not the same thing as threatening somone.

  2. Delores on February 18th, 2020 10:52 pm

    Would be nice to know if she got her dog back.

  3. charlie Mike on February 18th, 2020 7:55 pm

    Do yourself a favor and fix that hole in your fence, lady.

  4. Mary F. on February 18th, 2020 4:19 pm

    Why is it legal to discharge a firearm in Pilgrim Hills subdivision repeatedly and not in this residential property???

  5. Anonymous on February 18th, 2020 2:03 pm

    They make alcohol legal and pot illegal hmmm. Don’t remember the last time I saw someone stoned pointing a loaded shotgun at someone.

  6. Sharon Blackmon on February 18th, 2020 10:31 am

    When will people learn that weapons and alcohol do not mix? I hope he gets 20 years. That way he’ll surely dry out!!

  7. Rem. 870 on February 18th, 2020 9:45 am

    Not a very responsible gun owner…

  8. jason on February 18th, 2020 9:40 am

    that’s how people git killed.

  9. Good grief on February 18th, 2020 6:13 am

    Oh yes, alcohol. Good ol alcohol. When will people learn to leave that stuff alone. It causes nothing but trouble and heartache. He’s too old to still be so foolish.

  10. Squishy on February 18th, 2020 4:43 am

    He was safely returned home.

  11. mke on February 18th, 2020 1:29 am

    mandatory minimum of 20 years if gun was discharged during the assault. man, i’d be scared if i was Mr. Lineberger! :(

  12. EMD on February 18th, 2020 1:29 am

    People are losing their minds left and right. Sad.

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