Dog Bite Sparks Violent Neighborhood Fight

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(Memphis) Neighbors are letting out a sigh of relief after the arrest of another neighbor they say violently attacked them.

“It's scary. This is not the first time he's assaulted somebody,” said Heather Evans.

Evans told us one Friday night earlier this month she was at her home on Maria St.

She said her neighbor Jerry Usrey charged into her yard screaming that her dog just attacked his 65-year-old mother.

Evans said she told Usrey to leave, “That's when he laid two punches into my eye."

She said a friend tried to get Usrey to leave their yard, but he punched that friend also.

“He went down to the ground, punch after punch. He was unconscious. Broke his nose, his jaw, his cheekbone. He had a concussion,” said Evans.

“Neighbors can say anything. That man attacked my son,” said Usrey’s mom, Beverly.

She paints a different picture of what happened that night, “A dog came charging into the yard and bit me."

She showed us wounds on her legs she said were from the dog bite and told us her son Jerry was just defending her.

She claimed it is the friend of the neighbor who started the fight.

Police however said her son is to blame.

“I wish it would have never happened. I wish I would have never gotten bit. I wish my son was with me,” expressed Usrey.

As for the dog, the boxer pit bull mix was a pregnant rescue.

She was put down by animal control.

“It's hard. I rescue pits. I was pouring my heart into her,” said Evans.

Even though Evans is thankful Usrey is now locked up, she's looking to pack up her house and move.

The man she blames for her bruises lives just two doors down.

“Eventually, he's going to get out. I got to protect my daughters,” said Evans.

Usrey remains in jail on a $100,000 bond.

He has faced assault charges in Shelby County several times before, dating back to 1994.

Just last year, he was arrested for throwing a firecracker at a different neighbor.


  • It's God's Will

    His record says it all. I doubt this is another witch hunt, in which the person being accused of being a violent heathen is only on paper for traffic offenses. I bet hell be right back out of jail to terrorize the neighborhood within hours

  • The Real Nonya

    Get a gun and the next time he comes in your yard to punch you send him home in a body bag!

  • Realist

    “…dating back to 1004.” Wow, that guy’s pretty old, huh? Well done WREG!

    In regards to the story, of course Jerry’s mammy says it wasn’t her poor baby’s fault! As evidenced by his prior assault charges & throwing firecrackers at the neighbors (what? really?), Jerry is clearly just another innocent victim of a cruel justice system. . .

  • concerned

    What is failed to be mentioned is this is second dog attack heathers dogs are involved in within a year. Look up heathers record for yourself. Her dogs get out and are a menace to the neighborhood, people around here want to know when we can buy jerry a cold beer

    • concerned

      The neighborhood is already wanting to take donations, this jerry did us a favor but the sad part of all this is the dog was put down because of the owners inability to raise her dog. This is why there are real rescues. So people who don’t know how to raise dogs don’t get them killed, she had one litter of 11 puppys taken from her sadly only four could be saved due to the neglect they suffered while in her care

  • Kristin Scatamacchia

    Protect her kids? She was recently released from jail while driving drunk WITH HER CHILDREN IN THE CAR, while harassing the neighbors. Worried about this man being released, I know that feeling. Maria street stayed pretty quiet for the 6 months Heather Evans was incarcerated. We dreaded her return to the neighborhood for the same reason. Never heard of this man until now. Heather Evans on the other hand has had three incidents in the past year in regards to neighborhood incidents. But one thing is for certain: We are ALL hoping she packs up and moves!

  • Responsible dogowner

    Oh I that when her dog jumped out of the window of a moving car to bite the young man riding his bike, then when he called the cops and animal control she came up in his face like she was gonna beat him up, oh poor Heather. She doesnt run a rescue, I wanna see the paperwork that says she does. Her dogs are feral, they arent fixed and dont have their shots. If one of the dogs bite one of my kids I animal control wont have to knock on the door and have to worry about her hiding in the house like she did the young man on the bike, its body will be waiting when they pull up.

  • Responsible Dogowner

    Someone in the neighborhood should make an effort to go check on this man’s mother, with him in jail now she is left without him, and she was proabably depending on him. Another call should be made to the detectives handling this case on this man’s behalf if they were made aware of the circimstances surrounding this maybe it would help him out. I saw an earlier comment about the bite barely being a scratch but how do you know what that elderly woman feels or what her current health condition is to assume its not that bad. No respect for our elders, yet as that person ages you will expect respect and compassion to be shown. Sad situation indeed.

  • Harry

    Who wants to move to Memphis? Now don’t be shy. Great deals on used homes and apartments. Move in specials…Lots of vacant homes to choose from.

  • Harry

    Who wants to live near Kristin, Jerry and Heather? Imagine the fun you can have on the weekends. All three sound like lovely neighbors to me. Pit bulls, punches thrown, firecrackers, what’s not to like.
    I think Jerry and Kristin should hook up. She can bring him gifts and letters in prison.

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