On March 8, at approximately 2:47 p.m., the Live Oak County Sheriff’s Office received a phone call from Roberts reporting his horse [Turbo] was shot in the head. According to the sheriff’s complaint log, Roberts said he “just wanted this to be known; no officer was needed.” Later that evening, at approximately at 6:38 p.m., Brosig made contact with Roberts to take a report and photograph the scene. Roberts stated the incident occurred on the west side of his property about a quarter of a mile from the intersection of FM 1358 on CR 225, Brosig said.
“Turbo was a five-year-old Palomino gelding. He was lying on the ground facing the fence. It was apparent that Turbo was shot in the head at close range with a small caliber weapon,” Brosig said.
“I asked Vincent when he last saw the horse. He told me that he rode the horse the day before. When he finished riding him, he turned him out in the pasture where he found him shot. He told me he was going to ride him this morning and when he went to call him in, he didn’t come up. He said he saddled up one of this other horses and rode the pasture and this is when he found Turbo shot,” Brosig continued.
According to the deputy’s investigative report, Roberts said that his wife, Paula, said she heard a gunshot right after dark [March 7] but didn’t think anything about it because they hear shots all the time. Brosig said the case is still under investigation and Roberts has put an ad in The Progress offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of person or persons who shot his horse.