Gunshot victim said dog saved his life

OKLAHOMA CITY – James Gates was working to fix a Harley Tuesday night at JRT Cycles at 2412 S.W. 29th St.

He noticed someone trying to steal an ATV in the front lot.

“Came out, saw some little goofball all hopped up on something out here trying to steal broken four-wheelers and three-wheelers,” Gates said. “So I go to confront the guy and split second, pulled out a gun and shot me.” 

The bullet went through Gates’ hip, leaving him with a limp.

But he said it could have been much worse if not for his best friend.

“She got him, attacked him, knocked him down, knocked the gun out of his hands; deterred him long enough that police was able to get here and snatch him up,” Gates said. 

“Minnie Mouse,” or “Mouse” for short, has been Gates’ faithful sidekick for nine years.

Her teeth aren’t very sharp anymore but Monday night, they did the job.

“Obviously she can still snatch somebody’s skin, so yeah she got him,” Gates said. “She was just attacking him and when I looked over there, she was just all over him, had him on the ground.”

Gates’ coworker, Milton Oliva, said, “I heard the gunshot and then I heard James yelling at Mouse, just saying, ‘Get him, get him!'”

Gates credits Mouse with saving his life because he said the suspect was getting ready to start shooting at him again.

“She’s been my best friend for nice years, going on nine years, and she’s proved it once more,” Gates said. “That’s it, just man’s best friend.”

After a brief chase, police arrested 27-year-old Michael Ruoff for the shooting.