UPDATE: Florida deputy dies over cat dispute, touching tributes


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A Florida deputy has died one day after trying to resolve a spat between neighbors over a shot cat, authorities said.

Highlands County Sheriff’s Deputy William Gentry was shot in the head when he showed up at 69-year-old Joseph Edward Ables’ doorstep in Lake Placid, Florida, around 7:45 p.m. Sunday, according to HCSO Sheriff Paul Blackman.

The article goes on to state the following:

“It is with tremendous sadness that we report that Deputy William J. Gentry Jr. passed away at 1:10 p.m. today, May 7,” read a post on the law enforcement agency’s Facebook page. “Please keep his family and our HCSO family in your prayers. We will release details about the services as soon as we have them.”

A subsequent post shows a Highlands County Sheriff’s Office star-shaped shield with a purple stripe over it to symbolize mourning.

“This is an unimaginable tragedy for our agency,” Blackman said.

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