About the shooting of 34-year-old Keith Fileger in Avon Park Aug. 18, I think it was a terrible thing. I don't understand why, since they had a dog with them, they didn't just have the dog attack him and bring him down instead of shooting to kill him. The dog certainly was trained to attack.
I never met this young man or know his family, but he was a human-being.
When I called (Sheriff Paul) Blackman to state my views, he said Filger had drew a gun and would have just shot the dog. I said better a dead dog than a man that was only 34 years old. He said, next time are we supposed to ask their age before shooting? Perhaps they shouldn't be so quick to shoot to kill.