Squirrel Dispute in Gunbarrell: Man Shoots Neighbor in Ass May 14, 2016 9:08:28 GMT -5
Post by Joanna on May 14, 2016 9:08:28 GMT -5
Squirrel Dispute in Gunbarrell: Man Shoots Neighbor in Ass
GUNBARRELL, Colo. – The altercation that left one man shot in the buttocks Thursday and another facing attempted-murder charges grew out of an argument about the shooting suspect's habit of feeding peanuts to area squirrels, according to Boulder County sheriff's investigators. Jon Marc Barbour (above), 59, was arrested Thursday night on suspicion of second-degree attempted murder and first-degree assault. According to an arrest affidavit, Barbour called 911 at 3:36 p.m. Thursday and told dispatchers he had shot his neighbor, identified as Jeffrey Browning, following an argument in the 6200 block of Willow Lane. A deputy responded and placed Barbour in handcuffs and removed a gun from his holster.
Neighbors told investigators that Barbour and his wife like to feed shelled peanuts to the local squirrels. But neighbors have objected to this, saying they're worried about children with nut allergies and diseases the squirrels might be carrying.
Barbour said he and his wife put fliers on mailboxes in the area explaining why he fed the squirrels, but Browning took them down. Barbour and Browning got into an argument over the fliers Thursday while Browning was walking his dog, with each man accusing the other of being "white trash," according to the affidavit. Barbour told deputies that Browning then hit him in the head and that he shot Browning while the two were on the ground struggling. But Browning told investigators he was walking away from Barbour and was about 10 feet away, when he was shot.
Browning suffered a single gunshot wound to his buttocks and was taken to Boulder Community Health for treatment. Barbour also was taken to the hospital to be treated for what deputies described as a "bump" on his head. Boulder Community Health officials said Browning was in fair condition Friday. Repeated calls to Browning's room were met with a busy signal.
Barbour's wife declined to comment when contacted at their Gunbarrel home. But the front porch of Barbour's condominium was littered with peanut shells and shells also were visible around trees and in the grass in several areas throughout the Willowbrook neighborhood Friday.
'The squirrel feeder.' Neighbor Daisy-Jo Weaver said she had never seen the flier Barbour reportedly posted, but did know he fed the squirrels. She said she initially had no problem with it, until the feeding continued. "Eventually, as it went on, it seemed a little excessive," Weaver continued. "The wildlife service says it's not good to feed wildlife."
Jennifer Churchill, a spokeswoman with Colorado Parks and Wildlife, said it is not uncommon for neighbors to have differing views on feeding any sort of local wildlife. "In general we don't recommend feeding wildlife," Churchill said. "It can draw other animals into the area and it can spread disease."
Other neighbors said Barbour would go on walks two to three times a day around the neighborhood and leave "pounds" of peanuts in the grass and around trees. One neighbor said Barbour also recently was seen trying to train them to eat out of his hand. "Everyone knew him as the squirrel feeder," said another neighbor, who requested anonymity out of fear of retribution. "He definitely liked the squirrels a lot."
The Willowbrook Condominium Association Board of Directors released a statement saying it was "shocked and dismayed" by the shooting, and added, "Our thoughts and prayers are with all those who have been affected by this incident."
No criminal history. At a court hearing Friday at the Boulder County Jail, Deputy District Attorney Lisa Saccomano asked for bond to be set at $50,000. "Obviously these are very serious charges," Saccomano said. "At the same time, I understand that Mr. Barbour does not have any criminal history." Boulder County Judge Elizabeth Brodsky set bond at $50,000, and also prohibited Barbour’s returning to his unit in Willowbrook because of prosecutors' concerns that he would be living in close proximity to Browning and other witnesses. Defense attorney Ashley Telleen did not object to the order prohibiting Barbour’s living at his Willowbrook address, saying he was looking to stay with friends. Barbour is scheduled to be charged Tuesday.
Source: Mitchell Byars, The Daily Camera, May 13, 2016.