Encounter with raccoons lands man in jail

2013-07-24T11:50:00Z 2013-07-24T21:42:24Z Encounter with raccoons lands man in jailTimes Staff nwitimes.com
July 24, 2013 11:50 am  • 

PORTAGE | Raccoons got the better of a Portage man early Wednesday morning and it landed him in jail.

Justin Vincent, 31, of 5098 Concord, was charged with felony criminal recklessness.

Police responded to the area about 12:30 a.m. Wednesday after a man in the 5000 block of Lexington Avenue called police when he heard gunshots. The man told police he was sitting outside when he heard the noise and a "squealing" from either a person or animal.

The man said he went into the yard and heard bullets hit a shed.

The man told police that he eventually found Vincent, who told him he was shooting his gun.

When police arrived, Vincent allegedly told police he was shooting his .22 caliber rifle into the air at a nearby tree to shoot a raccoon. He told police he was having a problem with raccoons and decided to take matters into his own hands. Vincent told police one of the raccoons charged him and he bludgeoned it with the end of his gun, according to the report.

Vincent allegedly told police he knew what he was doing was wrong and was remorseful.

Police confiscated the gun used in the shooting along with four other guns.

Vincent was transported to Porter County Jail.

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