Colorado Sen. Ben Nighthorse Campbell was fined $250 by an Indian tribal judge and ordered to serve 10 hours of community service for shooting at a dog near his home in Ignacio, Colo.
The 66-year-old Republican shot at and missed a dog that was attacking his dog on Saturday, tribal prosecutor Julie Holligan said Monday.
"If I thought he was purposely trying to harm somebody, I would have pursued other charges," Holligan said. "He did not recklessly put people in danger."
Firing a gun from, across or onto any public road on the Southern Ute Reservation is against tribal law.