No charges in muskrat shooting incident

2013-05-15T18:45:00Z No charges in muskrat shooting incidentStan Maddux Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
May 15, 2013 6:45 pm  • 

A Michigan City area man will not face jail time for shooting a neighbor's house when he fired at a muskrat.

LaPorte County Prosecutor Bob Szilagyi has decided not to press charges against the 39-year-old man.

He ruled the man was negligent in firing the shotgun slug that lodged in the wall of a neighbor's kitchen. However, Szilagyi did not believe his actions were criminal.

"There was no intent to engage in a reckless act with the firearm," said Szilagyi.

On April 23, Blount told police he shot at a muskrat swimming in his pond in the 4800 block of N. 600 West and missed, but the slug skipped off the water and flew until striking his neighbor's house.

Police said he has since made all of the repairs.

Blount said he had been having problems with muskrats tearing up his pond and eating all of his fish.

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