March 2014 Issue - page 9

PENNSYLVANIA EQUESTRIAN
March 2014
Page 9
Arrest Made in Drive-by Shooting That Killed Horse
by Stephanie Shertzer Lawson
An arrest has been made
in the drive by shooting of a
horse pulling an Amish buggy in
Lancaster County, PA on Novem-
ber 24. The horse died shortly
after it was shot.
Timothy Antonio Diggs, 24,
of Ronks, Lancaster County, was
charged February 12 with five
counts of reckless endangerment,
one count of propulsion of mis-
siles, and one count of cruelty to
animals. Police consulted with
the Lancaster County District
Attorney before filing charges,
said East Lampeter Town-
ship Lieutenant Robin Weaver.
“Those were the charges that we
agreed upon as appropriate,” he
said.
The break in the case came
as East Lampeter Township
police investigated Diggs as a
suspect in burglaries in East Lam-
peter and Upper Leacock Town-
ships. Police executed a search
warrant at his home on December
2, where they found stolen guns
and a stolen motorcycle. Police
believe one of the guns was the
firearm used in the shooting of
the horse.
“It was good, old fashioned
police work,” Weaver said. “We
were investigating an unrelated
call and the evidence pointed
in his direction. And there were
tips from the general public that
helped as well.”
Weaver said police believe
Diggs acted alone and they don’t
expect anyone else to be charged.
The stolen gun and the bullet
recovered from the horse during
a necropsy performed at the New
Bolton Center are currently at
the state crime lab. “The crime
lab never gives a time frame for
results,” Weaver said. “Because
no one died in the shooting, the
investigation will not be expe-
dited.”
The horse was pulling a
buggy carrying an Amish family
of five around 9 pm on November
24 when it was shot from a vehi-
cle that passed it. The occupants
heard what they thought was a
firecracker, and both vehicles
continued on without stopping.
There were no eyewitnesses other
than the Amish family, Weaver
said.
The buggy continued home,
about a mile, and as the owner
started to unhook the buggy
he found blood on the horse’s
mouth. A vet was called but
the horse died of a chest wound
shortly before he arrived.
The occupants of the buggy
included three children ages 12, 9
and 7. No one was hurt.
When asked about a motive
for the shooting, Weaver said, “I
don’t think there was a clear mo-
tive. How do you rationalize an
action like that?”
Diggs remains in Lancaster
County Prison in lieu of
$250,000 bail on charges of
receiving stolen property related
to the burglaries. Weaver was
uncertain as to whether he had
been arraigned on the charges
from the shooting.
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