Cop Killed Responding To Routine Neighborhood Dispute

Highlands County Sheriff's Office
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A Florida sheriff’s deputy was reportedly shot and killed on Sunday night while responding to a neighborly dispute over a cat.

The Washington Post reported Tuesday that a homeowner called 911 to report that her neighbor shot her cat in Lake Placid, about 100 miles southeast of Tampa.

Police said the man, Joseph Edward Ables, then pulled out a gun and shot Gentry in the head.

Gentry, 40, was airlifted to a hospital but died on Monday, the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Spokesman Scott Dressel said at a news conference that this was the type of neighborly dispute that deputies frequently encounter.

“It was just a typical neighbor dispute that deputies answer all the time. It’s just one of those things that goes along with law enforcement: There is no routine call,” Dressel said. “All law enforcement officers always have to be on their toes. And unfortunately we’ve had the worst that could happen, happen to us.”

 

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