JANESVILLE

A fight over dog barking early Sunday led to a gun being fired and felony charges for two Janesville men.

A police officer heard a gunshot in the area of Atwood Avenue and Wall Street on the near-east side at 1:41 a.m., and officers found two men fighting at the intersection, according to a Janesville police news release.

Both Matthew A. Burr, 33, of 225 Milton Ave., and Eugene D. Harp, 49, of 22 N. Atwood Ave., live nearby.

Both were uncooperative and denied hearing gunshots, according to the release.

Police believe Harp was walking his dog, and Burr, who was walking by, got upset that the dog was barking, leading to a physical fight between the two men.

Burr punched Harp in the face, breaking Harp’s nose, said police Sgt. Chad Pearson.

During the fight, Harp displayed a 9mm handgun and fired once, according to the release.

Harp fired into the ground to scare Burr, Pearson said.

The gun was later found in Harp’s residence and seized as evidence, police said.

Burr was arrested on a charge of substantial battery.

Harp was arrested on charges of intoxicated use of a firearm and felon in possession of a firearm.

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