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'Survivor' Winner Arrested

7/5/2006 5:48 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Brian Heidik ATLANTA (AP) -- A winner of the popular reality show "Survivor" was arrested Wednesday after allegedly shooting a puppy with an arrow. Brian Heidik, 38, was released on bond after being charged with battery and cruelty to animals.

During the bond hearing in Douglas County Magistrate Court, Heidik told a judge he thought the dog was a coyote that has been harassing his pets, WSB-TV reported on its Web site.

Douglas County Chief Deputy Stan Copeland said it was a puppy. "At about 3 a.m., his wife called to report that he was outside and that he had shot a puppy that was on his property with an arrow and planned to shoot another one," Copeland said.

When sheriff's deputies arrived, Heidik -- who won "Survivor:Thailand" in 2002 -- fled in his car but was quickly caught and taken back to the home where the incident occurred.

Heidik's wife, Charmaine, and 5-year-old son were present at the home at the time of the incident, Copeland said.

Copeland said there was evidence in the home to support a charge of battery for family violence. Because the case is pending, he could not elaborate on the nature of the evidence.

Both the wounded puppy and the second puppy were turned over to animal control officials to determine who they belonged to.

Heidik did not immediately respond to a a message from The Associated Press left on an answering machine at one of two phones listed in his name in Douglasville, which is 21 miles west of Atlanta. There was no answer Wednesday afternoon at the second
number.

Heidik is a former North Carolina State football player,used-car salesman and part-time actor.

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C    

i prolly woulda shot the dog too. If coyotes were messin with my animals and I suspected this dog to be one, I definately would have went after it. Hopefully who ever's dog it was will learn to keep it either inside or on a leash.

As for the reason of running- maybe after he found out his mistake he felt bad for doing it and just panicked. It happens.

The whole wife abuser thing....I have no comment on that. you can't walk into someone's house and come to conclusion that there is abuse unless you walk in while it is happening.

If this all pans out to be true, I agree he should be punished. If not, well, I bet you all are gunna feel dumb about then. I can see it happenin both ways but going at eachothers throats about ti is ridiculous.

2990 days ago
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Gail    

This is a perfect example of money not buying class or compassion. I'm ashamed he lives in my home state of Georgia.

2989 days ago
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footballisus    

wow what a piece of scum sombody ought to shoot him with an arrow right up his posterior

3039 days ago
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Nik Nak    

Does anyone realize it was 3AM (kinda dark outside?) If the "puppy's" were German Shepard pups, Labrador pups etc ... at an early age, they can still be larger than a coyote. As was stated, he has pets ... I think he was pretty smart to use a bow & arrow and not a firearm which would have scared the neighbors. I have seen what coyotes can do to pets ... have you? Dogs running free in the Midwest is a huge problem, they pack-up and get the taste of blood. I am sure there are similar cases in GA. try leaving your Fiffy, or your children outside all night unprotected. IT WAS 3AM! Nik

3039 days ago
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screechisgross    

If I ever see this guy on the street somewhere, I swear I'll kick him in the balls as hard as I can

3039 days ago
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meg    

Brianne, how 'bout a well deserved arrow through the balls... i think that is fitting.

3039 days ago
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p1tey1    

I didn't like him on Survivor and I don't like him now! Asshole!

3039 days ago
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p1tey1    

And what's happened to his face? Ugh!!!! Eww!!!

3039 days ago
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Ky    

Nik Nak

it was 3 am ... we dont know the whole story ... injuring any animal is a criminal offense if it is done on purpose ... there are other ways to make sure coyotes' dont come in your yard ... its called ... become country and learn the hard way lol ... skunk piss keeps away most predators!

So are you also condoning him of beating his wife too? Since you know it was 3am in the morning lol

3039 days ago
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Ky    

oh oh oh i gotta do one more...

Nik you ask if people would leave their children outside all night...

most animal lovers treat their own animals as children and couldnt see harming another animal. PLUS he said that these coyotes' had been harrassing his pets.

Any responsible dog owner would have immediately...the first night of expected coyote harrassment, KEPT THEIR DAMN DOGS INSIDE SO THEY WOULDNT GET EATEN

and if not that...find an alternate way to keep them safe...

3039 days ago
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Michael    

What an absolute PIG

3039 days ago
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MoonSafari    

Nik Nak, give me a few more excuses as to why it's ok to shoot puppies.

It must not have been that dark (outside lights), unless he was using night vision goggles. Puppies are pretty small (even larger breeds).

I think he was pretty smart to use a bow & arrow and not a firearm which would have scared the neighbors.
Posted at 6:32PM on Jul 5th 2006 by Nik Nak (hickboy)
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I'd be most concerned that my wacko neighbor is shooting things that are in his yard, period, reguardless of weapon.

try leaving your Fiffy, or your children outside all night unprotected. IT WAS 3AM! Posted at 6:32PM on Jul 5th 2006 by Nik Nak
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What idiot in their right mind would do either of those things anyway?

3039 days ago
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TRACY    

This guy is scuzzy. He is a former actor? Yeah okay if you call a soft core porn second fiddle acting......and yes, I did see his "work" ...so very talented (sarcasm intended). This guy is trash. He is also a liar. He would not run from the police if he was defending the home from a dangerous animal. Shady indeed.

3039 days ago
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Kirk-Montreal    

Hey Brianne...YOU STUPID ASSHOLE..SOMEONE SHOULD SHOOT AN ARROW THROUGH YOUR BRAIN, YOU BRAIN-DEAD FUCKHEAD!!!!!!! I WISH YOU HAD OF DIED ON SURVIVOR! ......SHOOTING A PUPPY WITH A BOW AND ARROW...WHAT NEXT , POUNDING ROCKS ON THE HEADS OF NEW BORN KITTENS....DO US ALL A FAVOUR AND KILL YOURSELF.

3039 days ago
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Helene Frankel    

I wish someone would take a bow and arrow and shoot him with it. How do
you do that to a helpless animal??? And what kind of people do these reality shows put on their shows?? That is why I watch none of them.

3039 days ago
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