Stray gunfire for stray cat results in charges levied

Stray gunfire for stray cat results in charges levied

A Martin man allegedly chose to deal with the presence of a stray cat in a way that may have put the lives of several construction workers in danger last Thursday afternoon.
According to a report released by the Martin Police Department, Ptl. Mark Rushing was dispatched to 217 Summer St. in reference to gunshots fired.
The report stated a victim advised that someone was inside the residence on Summer Street “shooting
a gun out the front door of the residence” and allegedly struck his white 2000 Chevy truck in the passenger’s
side front fender.
According to the report, Rushing, along with Ptl. John Cross, contacted the defendant, Christopher Tanner,
39. After being advised of his Miranda Rights, the report stated Tanner “freely admitted” that he shot a Colt AR-15 .223 caliber rifle “two or three” times out the front door of his residence at a stray cat that was in his
front yard.
The report stated that upon further investigation, it was found that there were six construction workers working at a construction site across the street, putting them in fear of their safety.
Tanner is being charged with six counts of reckless endangerment (minor injury) and vandalism, authorities reported.

wcp 5/12/11

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