Johnson County Sheriff: Man Shoots Horses from Truck on a Whim in Northern Johnson County, Kills One, Injures Two Others

The man told authorities that in the course of shooting various things while on a drive, he saw the horses near Swisher and decided to shoot them from inside his truck with his .22 caliber rifle.

A Cedar Rapids man is currently in the Johnson County Jail facing felony and misdemeanor charges after he allegedly shot three horses on a whim with his .22 caliber rifle from within the safety of his truck on the nearby road, seriously injuring two of the horses and killing one.

According to Johnson County Sheriff criminal complaints filed Monday in Johnson County Court, deputies were called on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. to 1709 Falcon Ave. NW near Swisher. The caller informed them that someone had shot three of their horses, killing one and requiring the other two to have medical care.

The caller told the deputies that they had recorded the suspect's license plate number. The owner of the vehicle, Ryan Lee Graft, 31, of Cedar Rapids, came voluntarily to the Johnson County Jail after a deputy requested an interview.

There, Graft allegedly admitted to the deputy that he had been traveling along that day shooting at things outside of his vehicle when he saw the three horses and decided to shoot them, according to the complaint. Graft was unable to explain to investigators why he came to this decision, according to the complaint, but did admit that it was a "stupid thing to do."

Graft was charged for this incident with second-degree criminal mischief, a class D felony; reckless use of a firearm with property damage, an aggravated misdemeanor; shooting a rifle over a waterway or highway; and injury to animals, an aggravated misdemeanor.

Graft is currently in the Johnson County Jail on a $17,500 cash or surety bond.

Greany January 31, 2013 at 08:24 PM
maxine weimer February 02, 2013 at 02:20 AM
Well you know what they say about little boys who hurt animals when they are young, they grow up to be very bad men who continue to hurt things. This man needs to stay far away from children and not be allowed to have any weapons. It seems he has alot of anger pent up and not sure how to get rid of it. Obviously he got some sort of thrill out of doing this horrible, heinous act on these poor horses. He needs to do some serious jail time for this.
Tamara blair February 04, 2013 at 04:43 AM
Horses one day..a theater full of people or a classroom full of children the next? Viciousness & cruelty are perpetrated by those with no conscience or moral compass! Sickness thrives on creating pain & fear. His "rights" to a weapon should be immediately & forever terminated & he should be dishonorably discharged! Is he the military model we want our citizens to emulate?


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