Seth Emerson turned himself in to police

A 17-year-old Hannibal teen and dog are being treated for a gunshot following an incident early Tuesday morning, July 17.

At 3:03 a.m., officers of the Hannibal Police Department were called to the Hannibal Regional Hospital for a report of a gunshot wound. When officers arrived, the victim reported he had been in an argument with Seth E. Emerson, 19, of Hannibal, when the victim's dog allegedly became aggressive with Emerson.

According to the Hannibal Police Department, Emerson retrieved a handgun in an attempt to scare the dog. While confronting the dog, the gun fired, hitting both the animal and the victim's leg.

Officers recovered the weapon at the scene in the 3100 block of Rendlen Ave. Emerson later turned himself in at the Hannibal Police Department.

He was arrested on suspicion of domestic assault, unlawful use of a weapon, animal abuse and armed criminal action. As of noon Tuesday, he had not been charged.

Emerson was placed on a 24-hour hold at the Marion County Jail. The victim was treated for the gunshot would and released. The wounded dog was taken to a local vet to be treated.