‘Cat fight turns deadly between neighbors, in Florida’
Florida deputy dies after being shot in the head while responding to a dispute between neighbors over a CAT
A Florida homeowner with a history of hatred for law enforcement The alleged shooter, fatally shot an officer who showed up after he had shot his neighbors cat
Joseph Ables, 69, charged with shooting Highlands County Sheriff’s Deputy William Gentry, 40, on Sunday night
Gentry was responding to a report alleging that Ables had shot his neighbor’s cat
Ables, a felon with history of violence towards police, allegedly opened fire on Gentry at his front door
Grant, a nine-year veteran of law enforcement, succumbed to his injuries at Lee Memorial Hospital Monday afternoon
According to officials, the 69-year-old man is an ex-convict with a history of violence towards law enforcement
He is held without bond at the Highlands County Jail
Charged with attempted first-degree murder without premeditation; possession of a weapon by a convicted felon; resisting an officer with violence; tampering with evidence and violation of probation.
Joseph Ables, [left], is accused of fatally shooting Highlands County Sheriff’s Deputy William Gentry, [right photo]
A Florida sheriff’s deputy has died after being shot in the head Sunday while responding to a neighbors’ dispute over a cat. The suspect Joseph Edward Ables, was arrested for the fatal shooting of Highlands County Sheriff’s Deputy William Gentry, on Sunday night in Lake Placid, Florida
In a Facebook post on Monday afternoon, the Highlands County Sheriff’s Office announced that Deputy William Gentry succumbed to his injuries at 1.10pm, after a Lake Placid man suspected of shooting a cat opened fire at him.
Sheriff Paul Blackman told reporters that after speaking with the owner of the pet, Gentry approached the suspect, 69-year-old Ables, at his front door on Baltimore Way.
Shooting victim, Dep Sheriff William Gentry [photo], is a nine-year veteran of law enforcement. He died in the early hours of Monday
Deputy Gentry is a field training officer and had a trainee with him Sunday night. The two first went to the home of the cat’s owners. The trainee stayed there while Deputy Gentry when to the home of the neighbor who reportedly shot the cat, Joseph Ables.
When the deputy arrived at the home, Ables opened fire, shooting Gentry in the head, according to officials.
Ables reportedly, shot Gentry in the head just before 8pm, on Sunday. The 40-year-old deputy was airlifted to Lee Memorial Hospital in critical condition, but he did not survive.
Ables is held without bond at the Highlands County Jail on charges of attempted first-degree murder without premeditation; possession of a weapon by a convicted felon; resisting an officer with violence; tampering with evidence and violation of probation.
According to officials, the 69-year-old man is an ex-convict with a history of violence towards law enforcement.
His list of priors include a February 2015, arrested on a charge of battery upon a person 65 years or older. Able was sentenced in that case to four years of probation.
Officer William Gentry was investigating reports of a dispute between neighbors over a cat that had been shot when he too was shot at Ables’ front door in Lake Placid (photo]
Dep. William Gentry [right] being decorated with honors in the police dept
Dep. Gentry served as a field training deputy and his brother works as a detective
The sheriff said in a statement that Gentry served as a K-9 officer between 2005-2013. He left the office but then returned in 2017 as a field training deputy, reported WFLA. His brother serves as a detective with the same agency.
‘My dad was a cop, I was dating a cop, so I just knew I wanted to be a cop,’ Gentry said during his 2017 swearing-in ceremony. ‘It’s fun helping someone when we can. There is a genuine reward there.’