Metcalf Shot, Killed Dog During Bike Ride
HARRISONBURG — A former Harrisonburg police officer accused of shooting a pet dog on a Clover Hill road in April was convicted of misdemeanor animal cruelty Wednesday in Rockingham County Circuit Court.
Judge Dennis Hupp found former Harrisonburg Police Department Sgt. Russell Metcalf, 50, of Dayton, guilty of the one misdemeanor but not guilty on a misdemeanor reckless handling of a firearm charge. Metcalf resigned from the HPD Oct. 1.
Hupp ordered the defendant to pay an $800 fine.
Prosecutors say Metcalf shot an 8-month-old border-collie mix named Sadie on April 3 as he rode his bicycle on Robinson Road. The officer was off-duty at the time of the shooting.
In August, retired Judge Steven Helvin of Charlottesville found him guilty of both charges during his trial in Rockingham County General District Court. Helvin sentenced him to a 60-day suspended jail sentence and prohibited him from possessing a domesticated animal for six months.
Metcalf, who was still employed by HPD at the time of the shooting, appealed the conviction and sentence.