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A Florida sheriff’s deputy was shot in the head while responding to a dispute over a cat, authorities said.
In a Facebook post late Sunday, the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office said Deputy William Gentry was critically wounded while responding to a dispute between neighbors over a cat that had been shot.
The article goes on to state the following:
Sheriff Paul Blackman told reporters that after speaking with the cat’s owner, Gentry approached the man suspected of shooting the cat, 69-year-old Joseph Edward Ables, at his Lake Placid front door. Blackman said Ables then shot Gentry in the head shortly before 8 p.m. Sunday.
The 40-year-old deputy was airlifted to a hospital. The sheriff’s office tweeted early Monday that Gentry remained hospitalized in critical condition.
Ables was arrested at the scene. Gentry had a deputy-in-training with him when he responded to the call, and neither man exchanged gunfire with Ables, Blackman said.
Ables was held without bond on charges that include attempted first-degree murder and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon. Jail records did not show whether he had an attorney. The sheriff’s office statement said Ables was a convicted felon with a history of violence toward law enforcement.
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Please pray for Highlands County Sheriff’s Deputy William Gentry, his family, the HCSO, and our entire law enforcement community. Deputy Gentry was shot last night responding to reports of a dispute between neighbors in Lake Placid.
— Fla. AG Pam Bondi (@AGPamBondi) May 7, 2018
We are praying for Deputy William Gentry, who was shot & critically injured in the line of duty last night protecting & serving the Lake Placid community; we’re praying for his family, Sheriff Paul Blackman, and the men & women of the @HighCoSheriff 🙏🏼💚#EnoughIsEnough
— Polk County Sheriff (@PolkCoSheriff) May 7, 2018
Another tragic shooting involving Florida law enforcement last night. We are all praying for Deputy William Gentry, his family and all the brave men and women who put their lives on the line every day to keep the rest of us safe.
— Senator Bill Nelson (@SenBillNelson) May 7, 2018
— Isabel Mascarenas (@IMascarenas) May 7, 2018
This is a mug shot from FDLE of the man @HighCoSheriff arrested at shooting scene last night in Lake Placid.
— Lauren St. Germain (@LaurenWFTS) May 7, 2018
Joseph Edward Ables has been charged with attempted first degree murder without premeditation of @HighCoSheriff Deputy William Gentry. Deputy Gentry still remains in critical condition. https://t.co/q96GVSA7WQ pic.twitter.com/4v4YZRN90F
— Florida Sheriffs (@FLSheriffs) May 7, 2018
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