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Man Pleads Guilty to Firing Gun at Squirrel, Hitting Neighbor’s Home

An Inver Grove Heights man pleaded guilty after police say he fired a gun at a squirrel and broke his neighbor’s dining room window.

Fifty-six-year-old Timothy David O’Brien pleaded guilty Aug. 24 to a gross misdemeanor dangerous weapon violation and was sentenced to two years of probation. Because of his plea, a jury trial scheduled to begin Monday was canceled.

The incident happened back in July 2015, and O’Brien was charged Jan. 26.

According to the criminal complaint, the victim said he heard a gunshot and glass breaking at 9:45 a.m. July 12, 2015. He said he found a hole in the dining room window, glass on the floor and a bullet.

The victim confronted his neighbor, O’Brien, who apologized and agreed to pay for the damages, according to the complaint.

In an interview with police, O’Brien said he fired a gun at a squirrel and that it must have ricocheted off of a rock. He said the squirrels were eating his bird seed.