A cop in Kirov Russia may serve up to five years in prison after he shot and killed a cat with an air gun. The Russian cop shot the cat because it was blocking his cop car. The cat’s owner witnessed the shooting, and reported the cop to other Russian authorities. The cop shooter attempted to flee the scene before other police arrived, but he was forcibly detained by several other Russian citizens.
According to the official report, the Russian cop exited his vehicle after failing to get the cat to move from in front of his cop car. The Russian cop pulled out an “Ataman” scoped rifle and shot the cat dead in the street. The Russian cop is now being investigated for disturbing the peace, a crime that carries a maximum sentence of five years in Russian prison.
Once the Russian cop realized that he could not escape, he attempted to bribe the cat’s owner with 100,000 rubles (around 3,000 dollars) in order to end the dispute. The owner did not comply, and the cop was taken into custody for questioning.
The cop has already been fired from his position as car driver on the Russian police force. A criminal investigation is ongoing, but charges have not yet been filed,
The only question I have is: why didn’t he just drive over the cat? The cop wanted the cat to move; he was willing to kill it; why not just drive on through and let the cat decided its own fate? The obvious answer is that the Russian cop had a sweet new Air Rifle, and was looking for any reason to try his new toy out. When all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a cat-sharped nail.