Man Shot At Squirrel On Birdfeeder, Missed and Shot Neighbor’s Window
A 76-year-old Minnesota man is facing criminal charges for trying to get a squirrel off of his bird feeder, but he missed and sent a bullet through the window of his neighbor's kid.
East Grand Forks Police said they arrested the man Sunday after his neighbor called and reported some bullet holes in the siding of their home and a hole in the bedroom window of their son.
The man told officers he had been watching a sporting event on television when he spotted a pesky squirrel once again trying to get on his bird feeder. He told officers he shot a .22-caliber rifle from his bedroom window at the squirrel and thought he had hit the rodent.
He told officers he had shot at squirrels at least six times over the past years because it "was war" when the animals began getting into his bird feeders.
The man's wife was actually quoted in the police report as saying "Well, I told you," as he was being arrested.
The yet-to-be-named man has been charged with recklessly handling a dangerous weapon, a misdemeanor, and a felony charge of discharging a firearm within a municipality. He faces up to two years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
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