Third person dies after dog dispute shooting

The Hartford Public Safety Complex, home to the Hartford Police Dept.
The Hartford Public Safety Complex, home to the Hartford Police Dept. Photo credit WTIC News

Hartford police say a third person has died as a result of a June 19 shooting after an argument over a dog.

Nikia Rankins was 27. She died Friday afternoon.

Arrested in connection with the case was Donovan McFarlane, 31, the father of Rankins' 3-year-old daughter. According to a police report, McFarlane claims he shot the other two victims-- Chase Garrett, 39, and Christina Dang, 27, in self-defense after Garrett shot Rankins.

Neighbors told police that Dang and Rankins had been in a protracted dispute over Rankins' dog.

McFarlane is charged with criminal gun possession and is free on a $400,000 bond.

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