The Man Who Shoots At Goats: 85-Year-Old Arrested for Attempted Murder, Animal Cruelty
January 2, 2013
An 85-year-old Prunedale man was arrested on charges of attempted murder Tuesday after allegedly shooting a man and a goat, according to the Monterey County Sheriff’s Office.
On New Year's Day Phillip Dexter fired a 1912 Winchester pump action shotgun several times, allegedly injuring 54-year-old Cesario Diaz with four shotgun pellets, as well as injuring one of Diaz’s goats, police say.
Diaz, who lives on the same street as Dexter, was brought to Natividad Medical Center and treated for his injuries, which were not life threatening, says Sgt. Mike Burns. The goat’s injury was not life-threatening either.
The shooting may have taken place because Diaz’s goats wandered onto Dexter’s property, though it’s unclear who or what the shooter was shooting at, says Burns.
The shooting happened around 2:30 p.m., but police were not notified until about four hours later.
Dexter was arrested yesterday on police charges of attempted murder, discharging a firearm, and cruelty to animals.
Correction: The suspect is 85 years old, not 87 as previously reported