Man reportedly shooting at squirrel arrested after bullet goes through child’s window in Minnesota

EAST GRAND FORKS, Minn. — A man was reportedly shooting at a squirrel in East Grand Forks, Minnesota, when a bullet went through a child’s bedroom window.

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A 76-year-old man was arrested on Sunday by East Grand Forks Police Department officers when his neighbor reported some bullet holes in the side of their house and a hole in their son’s bedroom window, according to The Associated Press.

The man allegedly told officers that he was watching sports on television when he noticed a squirrel in his bird feeder, the EGFPD said, according to the AP. He told officers he allegedly shot his .22 caliber rifle from his bedroom window, believing that he hit the animal.

According to court documents obtained by the AP, the man allegedly told officers he had shot at squirrels at least six times over the last two years. The man’s wife reportedly told him, ‘I told you,” when he was getting arrested.

The man has been charged with recklessly handling a dangerous weapon and discharging a firearm within a municipality, according to the AP. He is facing two years in prison and a $5,000 fine if convicted.

No further information has been released.

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