Merced County Sheriff’s deputies confiscated a rifle from Atwater Mayor Jim Price after receiving reports that he was allegedly shooting squirrels while sitting in his truck.
CBS Sacramento reports that Price was allegedly “shooting at squirrels from his truck on the active airfield while people were nearby.”
After the suspect was identified as Mayor Price, Allen said, “To find out that it was the mayor shooting [according to police] … where people jog and have lunch and stuff like that, mind-blowing; like I could not believe it.”
Merced County Sheriff Vern Warnke indicated that “Price owns a side business providing fuel services at the airport and was allegedly shooting squirrels to keep them off the flight path.
In addition to losing his rifle, Mayor Price was also “ordered to give up his concealed carry permit.”