Man says he was shoot­ing at rats

Sun Sentinel Broward Edition - - LOCAL - As­so­ci­ated Press

Af­ter an eight-hour standoff with po­lice, a Florida man told of­fi­cers he was only shoot­ing at rats in his yard with a ri­fle.

The Pinel­las County Sher­iff's Of­fice said in a news re­lease that neigh­bors in the Palm Har­bor area be­gan re­port­ing hear­ing gun­shots about 3 a.m. Sun­day. Deputies heard more shots com­ing from a house af­ter they ar­rived.

Au­thor­i­ties say they set up a perime­ter around the house where 51-year-old Stephen Jonas lives, try­ing to con­tact him for about eight hours. Fi­nally, in­ves­ti­ga­tors say Jonas walked out and was ar­rested. Deputies found a .223-cal­iber ri­fle inside and many other weapons. At least one round hit a nearby home. No one was in­jured.

Jonas faces a charge of shoot­ing into an oc­cu­pied dwelling.

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