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Published January 05, 2012, 09:56 PM

Moorhead man who rescued dog faces more charges

Moorhead, MN (WDAY TV) - A Moorhead man wanted for questioning in a mysterious shooting in Crookston is accused of even more crimes after holing himself up. Last fall that convict captured hearts of pet owners after committing a crime to save his beloved dog from being euthanized.

By: Travis Skonseng, WDAY

A Moorhead man wanted for questioning in a mysterious shooting in Crookston is accused of even more crimes after holing himself up. Last fall that convict captured hearts of pet owners after committing a crime to save his beloved dog from being euthanized.

Bail is $60,000 for Anthony Wagoner. The 27 year-old is in Clay County Jail on charges of altering a gun and felon in possession of a firearm.

In October, Anthony Wagoner garnered nationwide attention for breaking in to this animal hospital to free his unlicensed dog instead of paying 103 dollars in fees. We talked to him in jail.

Anthony Wagoner – Convicted Felon; October 2011: “I had no intentions of hurting the animal hospital. I had no intentions of hurting anybody. I just wanted my dog back.”

Nearly three months later the Moorhead man is sought by authorities in connection to a December shooting in Crookston. A Christmas Day shooting remains unsolved. A masked man came into a home and shot another man, then rummaged through the victim's pockets.

Tim Motherway – Crookston Police Chief; December 2011: “Nothing was taken and the victim was treated and released from Riverview Hospital.”

On Wednesday, Moorhead police helped. They went to 1019 9th Avenue South to search for Wagoner. Court records show a woman, Amy Jo Johnson, initially refused to let them in. She declined to comment on camera.

Amy Jo Johnson – Eyewitness: “I'm just not comfortable with it. He was a friend.”

Police eventually found the Wagoner hiding behind a bathroom door with a loaded handgun. That gun had its serial number filed off. Wagoner complied with commands.

Lt. Tory Jacobson – Moorhead Police: “They identified themselves verbally, he chose not to come out. The fact that he still had a loaded handgun just demonstrates the dangers that were present.”

The past year has been difficult. Last February, Wagoner's then-girlfriend, Jessica Briggs, was in a crash near Crookston that killed two people. She now has brain damage and barely remembers him.

Anthony Wagoner: “I was just absolutely distraught.”

Now, nearly a year later, he'll have time to reflect, facing 20 years behind bars, just for these latest two felonies.

A criminal complaint may be filed in Polk County tomorrow. Police will not release other details yet.

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