CURRITUCK COUNTY, NC (WAVY) - A Harbinger man charged in the shooting death of his girlfriend was released from the Currituck County Jail Monday on $125,000 bond.
Thomas P. O'Malley is charged with second degree murder and use of a firearm in the commission of a felony.
On August 29, police were called to a home on Cardinal Drive for a shooting.
According to the Currituck County Sheriff's Office, O'Malley and his girlfriend, Morgan E. Mackey, 26, were having a fight over her dog.
At some point during the altercation, Mackey's dog became aggressive and bit O'Malley in the arm.
O'Malley allegedly took his gun and aimed it at the dog.
Mackey, who was on the sofa, moved to stop him from shooting the dog by grabbing his hand.
Police say the gun then went off and a bullet struck Mackey in the chest.
Mackey was pronounced dead at the scene.
A trial date has not been set yet for this case.
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