Cliffton Anthony Bliss Jr killing neighbor James Taylor in fight over cat

A Florida man is accused of murdering a neighbor during a dispute over a cat.

Authorities said Thursday that a man in Central Florida was so enraged that a cat entered his home that he grabbed a rifle and fatally shot his neighbor.

Cliffton Bliss Jr., 58, is charged with murdering the cat's owner shortly after the animal entered his property in Umatilla on Wednesday.

According to the Marion County Sheriff's Office, Bliss retrieved his pistol and initially threatened to shoot the cat.

James Taylor Jr., the suspect's neighbor, got into an altercation with him and implored him not to shoot the animal, but Bliss turned the weapon and shot the 41-year-old man in the chest, investigators said.

Cliffton Anthony Bliss Jr killing neighbor James Taylor in fight over cat
Cliffton Anthony Bliss Jr

Bliss was arrested and charged with second-degree homicide at the scene. He was being held without bond at the Marion County Jail on Thursday.

According to an incident report acquired by the Orlando Sentinel, the suspect told his wife and witnesses on the scene that he shot his gun after being assaulted. However, an eyewitness told authorities that the pair had no physical contact before to the murder.

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