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A Minnesota man who said he was at ‘war’ with squirrels on his property was arrested after he missed his target and shot through his neighbor’s window


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  • A 76-year-old man has been arrested after firing bullets at his neighbour’s house while attempting to shoot a squirrel.

  • The Minnesota man has been identified as Michael James Powers, according to local news.

  • Powers told police he had previously shot squirrels that entered his bird feeder.

A Minnesota man was arrested after he tried to shoot a squirrel, but the bullet went through his neighbor’s window, The Associated Press reported Friday.

The Grand Forks Herald identified the man as 76-year-old Michael James Powers. Powers faces two years behind bars and multiple charges, including reckless handling of a dangerous weapon and the felony of discharging a firearm “in a municipality,” the AP reported.

After the Powers’ neighbor discovered bullet holes in the siding of his home and a bullet on the windowsill in his son’s bedroom, he notified the East Grand Forks Police Department, according to the AP and the Grand Forks Herald citing an affidavit. In addition to finding the bullet, broken glass was inside the room.

The bullets came from a .22 caliber rifle, The Herald reported according to the affidavit, and a total of six bullets hit the neighbor’s residence.

Powers told local police he was trying to shoot a red squirrel that was on his bird feeder from his bedroom window, according to reports. Police said when he was arrested, his wife told him, “Well, I told you,” the Associated Press reported.

Powers told officers he had shot the animals about six times in the past two years when they entered his feeder, media reported, calling it a “war”.

Additionally, Powers told police he thought he hit the squirrel and only pulled the trigger twice on the day of the incident, The Herald reported.

Powers is due in court next week.

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