A Hendersonville woman who says she feared for her life last June when a total stranger shot two of her dogs before he tried to enter her home with a shotgun, has filed a civil lawsuit against the man charged with the crimes.
Phillip Looper, 68 of Springfield, is charged with two counts of criminal trespass, two counts of aggravated assault, two counts of aggravated animal cruelty, and aggravated stalking for two incidents that occurred in May and June of last year at the Anderson Road home of Daina and Donald Spisak. He has pleaded not guilty to the crimes.
According to a lawsuit filed by the couple on May 29 in Sumner County Circuit Court, Looper entered the couple’s property on or around June 18, 2019 and shot both of their dogs. He then retrieved a shotgun from his vehicle and attempted to gain access to the inside of the home where Daina Spisak hid and called police.
By the time Sumner County Sheriff’s Office deputies arrived, Looper had left the Spisak’s property, according to the lawsuit. Looper returned armed almost 24 hours later on June 19, and was arrested by authorities.
The lawsuit also alleges that Looper previously came to the Spisaks’ home on May 7, 2019 armed with two guns, but left when Mrs. Spisak discovered him on their property.
“Mrs. Spisak was present and within close proximity when Mr. Looper shot and killed the Spisaks’ two beloved dogs,” the lawsuit states. It also says that the Spisaks had no idea who Mr. Looper was and had never met him before the incidents.
“The Spisaks, especially Mrs. Spisak, have suffered immensely as a result of Mr. Looper’s conduct,” according to the lawsuit.
The couple is requesting a jury trial. They are also asking that they be awarded up to $1 million in damages that include pain and suffering, past and future medical bills, temporary and permanent injury, loss of enjoyment of life and property damage.
“Mr. Looper should therefore be held liable for all damages suffered by the Spisaks set forth above as a result of his intentional infliction of emotional distress plus punitive damages,” according to the lawsuit.
“The Spisaks wish to have Mr. Looper punished financially as well as criminally for what he has done to them - the fear and emotional trauma he has put them through by intentionally killing their beloved dogs and attempting to kill Mrs. Spisak,” Russ Edwards, the attorney representing the couple said in a written statement. “Filing this civil lawsuit will allow [them] to do this. But no amount of money will be able to compensate the Spisaks for what they have gone through.”
The Spisaks were granted an order of protection against Looper in July of 2019.
General Sessions Judge Jim Hunter also ordered the Springfield man to undergo a forensic evaluation before posting a $150,000 bond.
He was also ordered to wear a GPS monitoring device and to report weekly to a probation officer. His next criminal court date is scheduled for Aug. 13.
Roland Mumford, Looper’s attorney in the civil matter, declined to comment for this story.