Chesterfield Police say a stolen gun was used to kill a beloved horse

Published: Oct. 11, 2013 at 1:57 AM EDT|Updated: Oct. 21, 2013 at 8:12 AM EDT
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CHESTERFIELD, VA (WWBT) - Chesterfield police are revealing new details on the gun that was used in the shooting death of a beloved horse.

Detectives say, 20-year-old Steven Dunn went on a crime spree with 4 other people, breaking into cars and stealing the gun that would later be used to kill, Legend, the horse.

If convicted Dunn could spend up to ten years in prison.

Police say Dunn was a 2011 graduate at Cosby High School in Chesterfield.

After his picture hit our airwaves, police say a family member called them to say Dunn is willing to turn himself over to police.

Chesterfield animal control had the initial investigation, but police say they had a detective tag along.

"I looked through my 20 detectives and I found one that was a horse lover, and that's who I got in charge of investigating this," said Lt. Steve Grohowski of Chesterfield Police Department.

That's when everything changed.

"In this case obviously animals are very dear to people's hearts and we put the same effort to all of our cases to come to a successful resolution," said Grohowski.

Detectives soon discovered the bullet that killed Legend may be connected to a gun that was stolen out of someone's car, right around the same day.

Back in late June and early July, investigators say there was a group of five people, including Steven Dunn, who were entering cars and stealing items from inside.

"In one of those thefts from a vehicle they did take a gun and we have definitively tied that to this case that it was used to kill that horse," said Grohowski.

What the motive may have been behind the shooting, police won't say.

But Legend's owner, Henry Gleghorn, told NBC12 Tuesday he believed Dunn and his friends were just out looking trouble.

"I don't understand people who get pleasure out of that sort of thing…if you're not going to eat it, there's no sense in just killing it. Just for the fun of it, you know," said Henry Gleghorn.

Once detectives were able to find a photo, we made it public, and that's when police say the tips started flowing in.

"It was a phenomenal investigation…this may just be a bad decision on his part that night but it has a lot of ramifications for him personally," said Grohowski.

Police say the others involved in the vehicle thefts have been arrested and charged as well. Dunn will be back in court November 18th.