A Florida sheriff’s deputy was in critical condition Monday morning after being shot in the head hours earlier responding to a dispute involving a cat, officials said. The suspected gunman, a 69-year-old convicted felon with a history of violence toward law enforcement, was taken into custody.
Joseph Edwards Ables, 69, is accused of shooting a Florida sheriff’s deputy Sunday night. Deputy William Gentry, 40, was shot just before 8 p.m. Sunday after cops received a call about a neighbor shooting a cat in Lake Placid. Gentry, a field training officer, and a trainee went to the cat owner’s home before confronting the alleged shooter.
Gentry went to Ables’ house, where Ables immediately opened fire and shot the deputy in the head, police said. Ables was taken into custody at the scene and faces several charges including possession of a weapon or ammo by a convicted felon, attempted first-degree murder without premeditation and resisting an officer with violence, police said.