He just needed a scoop: Phoenix news reporter arrested and fired from TV station after DEFECATING on the front lawn of a man accused of sacrificing his poodle A news reporter has been arrested and fired from a TV station after he pooped on a criminal suspect's front lawn. Jonathan Lowe, a journalist for KPHO in Phoenix, Arizona, was picked up by police Monday on charges of public defecation while on the job. He was outside the home of a former Arizona State University football player, Patrick Zane Thompson, who allegedly sacrificed his family's white poodle to appease God by putting him in a smoker. Jonathan Lowe, a reporter for KPHO in Phoenix, Arizona, (mugshot left and professional right) has been arrested and fired from the TV station after he pooped on a criminal suspect's front lawn While Lowe was covering the bizarre story for the station, he made the bizarre decision to relieve himself on the front lawn. The police then arrived and took him away in handcuffs. Despite the arrest he still managed to file his story. Public urination or defecation in Phoenix is a Class 1 misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $2,500 or six months in jail. Goodyear Police Department spokeswoman Lisa Kutis told the Phoenix New Times: 'Lowe chose to use the front yard of a residence to relieve himself. 'An onlooker from across the street called it in to officers. They approached him, he said he'd had to relieve himself, and they arrested him.' CBS-affiliate KPHO then fired him. +2 +2 Lowe was outside the home of a former Arizona State University football player, Patrick Zane Thompson (left), who allegedly sacrificed his family's white poodle (file picture right) to appease God by putting him in a smoke All of his social media accounts have since been deleted. The incident was discussed in an editorial meeting informing staffers of what happened, according to the New Times. An employee who asked not to be named says Lowe has the reputation of being 'a good reporter,' and that it was 'sad'. The subject of the initial story, Thompson, was booked on suspicion of two felony and four misdemeanor counts related to the death of the family's white poodle.