A Florida man was reportedly arrested after allegedly shooting and killing his neighbor. After some investigation, authorities found that the incident was all due to the victim’s cat walking into the alleged shooter’s yard.
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58-year-old Clifford Anthony Bliss Jr. was reportedly upset with his neighbor’s cat, which was reportedly walking into his yard. Bliss apparently went to his neighbor’s house and threatened to shoot the man’s cat.
After the victim asked the man not to shoot his cat, Bliss reportedly shot his neighbor in the chest, killing him. MPs reportedly interviewed a woman who was in the victim’s home at the time of the shooting and provided details of the incident.
Bliss was arrested and charged with second degree murder. He is reportedly being detained in the Marion County Jail without being bonded.
The incident occurred in Umatilla, Florida, which, according to WBRZ, is near Ocala.
The 41-year-old James Arland Taylor Jr. was the victim of the senseless act.
See the full report from @WBRZ on Twitter below.
What could induce someone to shoot their neighbor because a pet wanders into their yard? This kind of pointless killing just shows how twisted some people can be. I wish well to the victim’s family who must have the worst of times making sense of the death of their loved one.
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