LAKE PLACID, Fla. -- (WKMG) -- A Highlands County sheriff’s deputy was shot and critically wounded Sunday while responding to a dispute over a cat, officials said.
Sheriff's officials said Deputy William Gentry was called to a neighbor dispute involving a cat that allegedly had been shot.
Gentry spoke to Joseph Edward Ables, 69, who was suspected of shooting the cat, and he shot Gentry, officials said.
Gentry, 40, was airlifted to Lee Memorial Hospital in critical condition.
“William is an experienced law enforcement officer and serves as one of our field-training deputies,” Sheriff Paul Blackman said. “His brother is one of our detectives. This is an unimaginable tragedy for our agency. Our prayers are with Deputy Gentry and his family and we ask that your prayers be with them, also.”