Man Arrested After Allegedly Shooting His Neighbor After His Cat Wandered Onto His Property


UMATILLA, FLORIDA — A man is dead after police say his neighbor shot him, apparently stemming from ongoing instances of the man’s cat walking onto the suspect’s property.

58-year-old Clifford Anthony Bliss Jr. reportedly was angered by his neighbor’s cat, who went into his yard per the report. Bliss apparently went over to his neighbor’s home and threatened to shoot the man’s cat.

After the victim asked the man to not shoot his cat, Bliss reportedly shot his neighbor in the chest, killing him. Deputies reportedly interviewed a woman that was at the victim’s home at the time of the shooting who provided details on the incident.


The suspect was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. He is being held without bail.

The victim was identified as 41-year-old James Arland Taylor Jr.

Never underestimate the amount of loose hinges there are in this world, and what certain people will do when they’re angry. Not all can be avoided, but surely some can. If someone approaches you in an angry or threatening manner, or a conversation is turning for the worst, try to distance yourself from the situation and call police.

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Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Springfield Armory Hellcat OSP, with a Shield Sights RMSC Red Dot, that holds Hornady 165 gr FTX Critical Defense rounds, and rides comfortably in a Vedder Holsters ComfortTuck IWB holster.

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