By Ishani Ghose
Updated On : 18:58 PST, Jan 13, 2020
Drunk Kentucky woman who commanded her pit bull to fatally attack man while she punched him charged with murder
MOUNT VERNON, KENTUCKY: A Kentucky woman has been arrested for allegedly instructing her pit bull to fatally attack a man, after she physically assaulted him, according to a report.
Melissa Wolke of Mount Vernon has been charged with murder after she allegedly commanded the canine to bite 55-year-old Donald Abner, as she pummeled him on Friday, January 10, according to WKYT.
Neighbors who witnessed the alleged attack immediately called 911 in order to diffuse the situation and help Abner.
Kentucky State Police trooper Scottie Pennington shared, “Troopers and deputies advised the lady to halt and quit attacking the male subject that was on the ground. Not only did she refuse to stop but was also seen commanding her dog to attack the victim.”
Authorities then tased Wolke and fatally shot the pit bull.
One of the neighbors, Jerry Merritt, shared with Fox, “At night time I had heard several gunshots going up and down this road over here. I don’t know what they’re shooting at or for the fun of it or what.”
Other neighbors shared that they did not know the people who lived in the house but in the past few weeks had heard many gunshots.
The victim was however declared dead at the scene. Investigators shared that when they arrived, they found 38-year-old Wolke, sitting on top of the victim and punching him
They also said that she was ordering the pit bull to attack the victim at the same time. The incident took place in the backyard of a home on Pug Lane in the Conway community of Rockcastle County.
An autopsy was scheduled to determine Abner’s manner and cause of death. According to KSP, Wolke was arrested and charged with murder and other charges including resisting arrest, menacing and public intoxication after which she was taken to the Rockcastle County Jail.
A GoFundMe page for Abner has been set up to raise funds for funeral and burial expenses.
The investigation is currently ongoing and the police are trying to find the motive for the attack. It has also surfaced that Wolke and Abner had been friends.