Caught on Video: Colorado Man Fatally Shot Neighbor 12x Over Dog Dispute
A ticket isn't worth your life or the life of someone else, but after receiving one, a Colorado Springs man viciously took out his rage on his neighbor.
According to a report from the Gazzette, on Tuesday, April 19, 2022, James Hanlon, 56, was found guilty of the murder of his neighbor Gary Dolce, age 63.
Hanlon vs Dolce: Where the Feud Started
Hanlon and Dolce were neighbors in Colorado Springs and shared a fence. Allegedly there had been multiple instances of feuds concerning each person's dogs.
On the day of the murder, Hanlon was ticketed by the Humane Society of the Pikes Peak Region for having an aggressive dog.
Hanlon's Great Dane had broken through the fence that the pair shared and Dolce was concerned that his dogs or himself would be attacked.
Dolce Feared For His Life
Prior to Dolce's killing, Dolce told neighbors just how bad things had escalated and told them that if he was ever killed, to look towards Hanlon.
Audio recording from the citation by Animal Law Enforcement provides further evidence of just how angry Hanlon was about the ticketing incident.
Hanlon can be heard talking to the animal control officer stating:
"Well, maybe he just needs his ass kicked. Maybe that will help. I've done that before, that will sometimes get your neighbors to back off."
The Colorado Springs Murder Was Caught on Camera
Hanlon was ticketed for his aggressive dog at 5:38 PM, and less than an hour later at 6:24 PM, the fatal shooting occurred.
Hanlon drove up to Dolce's in a blue sport utility vehicle wearing a disposable plastic glove and equipped with a gun.
Meanwhile, Dolce was recording the visit with his phone in one hand and was holding his dog in his other arm.
Hanlon can be heard calling Dolce stupid before he fired multiple shots. Dolce immediately falls to the ground and can be heard saying, "Oh my god," repeatedly.
Dolce succumbed to his wounds, but his phone recording found by an EMT gave prosecutors all the evidence they needed.
The coroner reported that Dolce was shot 12 times, and for that Hanlon will now serve life in prison without parole for the vicious murder.