Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Arizona man sentenced for shooting at firefighters who refused to remove his cat from a tree

A man who shot at firefighters after they refused to get his cat out of a tree has been sentenced to five months in jail. Jeffrey Francis Cullen, 59, of Kingman, reported a tree fire on Aug. 17. Once the three-person crew arrived, Cullen told them he wanted his cat rescued from the tree. Hualapai Valley Fire Department spokeswoman Sandy Edwards said a battalion chief told Cullen to call animal control or to wait for the cat to get hungry and come down. The response apparently incensed Cullen, who retrieved a small handgun from his home and came out shooting.

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