SWAT Team Called In After Man Throws Dog Off Balcony, Points Gun at Motel Guest

By: Ja'Mein Beale - Wed, 16 May 2012 13:01:41 -0800

LIVERMORE (BCN)--A man has been arrested after allegedly throwing a small dog from a Livermore motel balcony and then pointing a gun at a fellow guest who confronted him about the dog-tossing.
Police received a call around 2:30 a.m. Wednesday about a confrontation  between guests at the Motel 6 at 4673 Lassen Road, police said.
Arriving officers spoke with the victim, who told them he had seen  the suspect, later identified as Michael Hamby, 39, throw a small dog off of  a second-floor balcony, police said.
The dog landed on the ground below and was found uninjured, police  said.
The victim confronted Hamby about throwing the dog, which led to  an argument in which the motel clerk intervened and managed to get the two  guests to return to their rooms, police said.
The victim told officers that a short time later, he heard a knock  at his door and when he opened it, he allegedly found Hamby standing in the  doorway. He said Hamby pointed a gun at him and then ran off, according to  police.
A SWAT team consisting of Livermore and Pleasanton police officers  was called to the motel because there was a gun involved, and because  Livermore police have a history with Hamby, according to police.
Hamby had been arrested by Livermore police on April 27 on  suspicion of assault, child endangerment and illegal firearm possession,  police said. 
When the SWAT team arrived, surrounding motel rooms and nearby  businesses were evacuated, police said.
SWAT team members entered Hamby's room but he was not inside;  however, he was located nearby and taken into custody around 7:20 a.m.,  police said.
Hamby was arrested on suspicion of felony animal cruelty and was  booked into the Santa Rita Jail in Dublin, police said.
According to police, the victim is not pressing charges for the  alleged gun incident. No gun was found at the scene, police said.
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