Man plays dead after being shot, stabbed while looking for his dog

HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. — Playing possum helped an Arkansas man stay alive after being shot and stabbed.

Brian Brister told WREG he was only looking for his lost pit bull, and thought he’d found it behind a house on South 8th Street in West Helena.

But things quickly turned violent, and the next thing Brister knew, he was in the emergency room.

After a few days in the hospital, Brister is up and moving around. After what he’s been through, it’s a wonder he can even walk.

He went looking for his dog early Sunday morning a few blocks from where the dog went missing.

“Somebody told me that they had seen my dog down there and I went down there to look and see if it was my dog. ‘Cause I want my dog back,” said Brister.

Brister said he saw a dog that looked like his behind a green house. When he went behind the house to check it out, a couple of angry men showed up.

One had a .32-caliber pistol and fired at Brister.

“A guy come out of the back door and shot me. Shot me about three foot from me. And then I fell to the ground and basically played dead,” said Brister.

The wound itself was certainly enough to kill him the man.

“It hit my collar-bone and bounced up into my neck, behind my jugular vein,” said Brister.

But then the second man started stabbing Brister while he was on the ground, pretending to be dead.

“I got a stab wound here in the back of my arm, I got one here on the side of my leg,” said the man.

Brister thought the worst was over until he heard one of the men make a chilling statement.

“And the other one told him to shoot me again. And the guy said, ‘No, I shot him in the neck man. He’s dead,'” said Brister.

He said as soon as the two men ran away, he did, too.

Brister vowed the attack won’t keep him from finding his dog, which has a very fitting name.

“Trouble.That’s a good name for him, too. He’s got me in trouble,” Brister said with a laugh.

He said he didn’t get a good look at his attackers, but Helena-West Helena police are investigating and looking for the pair.


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