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Deputies investigating horse shot and killed in Lenoir County

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An innocent animal is found dead on a Deep Run Farm. Someone shot her straight through the eye.

Investigators are calling it a case of “sadistic evil.” Now, they’re on the hunt for the person who pulled the trigger.

It started out like any other day for Johnnie Tyndall. He was on his farm and picking corn when one of his workers ran over to him. His beloved horse, Maggie, was dead.

"I looked at her instantly and I knew that she'd been shot. I saw the blood spatter around her eye,” said Tyndall.

Even scarier, the Tyndall’s children were out by the barn just hours before.

"They could have been easily shot. That would have been an un-survivable tragedy,” said Tyndall.

"Does somebody have something against the owners of the horse? Or was this just a random act of evil. Was this just a random act of somebody trying to satisfy some sadistic desire to kill something?" said Lenoir County Sheriff, Chris Hill.

Those questions still remain, but Hill says one thing is for sure. It wasn’t an accident. Now investigators are begging the community for answers.

"I don't know what may happen next if this person's not stopped,” said Hill.

As they mourn the loss of their horse, the Tyndalls have a message for the person responsible.

"What makes you think you can do this? I don't know if you think all animals are to be hunted down but this was not an animal to us. This was part of our family,” said Johnnie’s wife, Jodie Tyndall.

They’re finding comfort in the support of others.

"Our community, our neighbors and our friends have really come together to help us. They've shown their support for us. That's been a really bright spot,” said Johnnie, holding back tears.

They’re hoping those same people will help them find justice. Justice for Maggie.

In the past three years, at least four horses have been shot in the East. Investigators don’t think those cases are related.

They’re offering a $1,000 reward for anyone with information leading to an arrest.

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Lenoir County Sheriff Chris Hill confirms that a horse was shot through the eye and killed in Deep Run late last week. 

Deputies responding to Live Oak Hog Company Road in Deep Run found the horse had been shot in the head; later confirmed by an area veterinarian.

The victim told deputies the horse was alive in a pasture around 11:45 p.m. the night before.  The victim, Johnnie Tyndall, said he found the horse dead about 9:30 a.m. the next morning.

Sheriff Chris Hill said about the incident, "This is a case of sadistic evil and I want the suspect to experience the full weight of the justice system.  I am offering a $1,000 reward for credible information that directly leads to the arrest of this heartless individual.”  

If you have any information about the incident you're asked to contact the Lenoir County Sheriff's Office at (252) 559-6140 or by submitting an anonymous ETip through the LCSO web page at


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