IA: Iowa City man shooting at squirrel linked to car accident



An Iowa City man who was trying to shoot a squirrel in his yard with an air rifle is now facing charges.

Iowa City police found a man involved in a single-car traffic accident on Highway 6 on October 17th who had been shot. Sixty-nine-year-old Philip Olson heard about the accident and turned himself in –telling police he was trying to shoot a squirrel from his home along Highway 6 with a .22 caliber air rifle.

Air rifles are not considered dangerous weapons under Iowa code — but city code prohibits shooting an air rifle, toy pistol, toy gun or slingshot within city limits — and Olson faces a code violation. He also is facing DNR charges of hunting without a license or habitat fee, unlawful attempt to take a squirrel, and shooting a rifle over a highway.

The man who was shot remains in the hospital.


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