LPD: Teenager steals gun, shoots and kills family cat

Published: May. 20, 2021 at 10:24 AM CDT|Updated: May. 20, 2021 at 10:27 AM CDT
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LINCOLN, Neb. (KOLN) - A 15-year-old boy is facing charges after officers with the Lincoln Police Department said he shot and killed his family’s cat.

Around 8 p.m. on Wednesday, officers were called to a home off Hillcrest Drive, southeast of 84th and O Streets, for a report of a weapons violation.

LPD said the 911 caller explained to officers that her son had discharged a firearm inside their home but the firearm was now locked up.

When officers got to the home, officers discovered that a 15-year-old boy had used a handgun to shoot the family’s cat inside their home.

According to police, the gun was stolen about a month and a half ago from the teenager’s friend’s home.

Police said the identifying numbers on the gun had been scratched off and the cat had died.

LPD said the teen was arrested for possession of a defaced firearm, possession of a stolen firearm and intentionally cruelly mistreating an animal.

The 15-year-old was turned over to the Youth Assessment Center.

LPD said Animal Control has been notified and they’re assisting in the investigation.

Police said the gun belonged to the teenager’s friend’s father and it was stolen while the parents were out of the home.

According to police, the gun had not been reported stolen and after speaking with the owner they had just noticed it was missing.

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