Atwater CA mayor busted for shooting ground squirrels

ATWATER (CBS13) — A Merced County mayor has been stripped of his gun and cited for illegally firing it off at Castle Airport.

Investigators say Atwater Mayor Jim Price was shooting at squirrels from his truck on the active airfield while people were nearby, including one man who says a bullet came a little too close and called 911.

“It was just a crazy day,” said James Allen.

It started as a quiet Thursday afternoon. James Allen, 26, parked in his car just outside castle airport and was reading a book, when he heard the shot.

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5 Responses to Atwater CA mayor busted for shooting ground squirrels

  1. Andrew says:

    Well, that right there is an FAA violation, so for once the idiots in California got it right.

    Back when my dad was in flight training, he and a couple other country boys got assigned to ‘airfield pest control’ duties. Shooting deer whenever one of those bush-rats got near the field. And, of course, they always had good dinners afterwards, as the O-Club had some top-flight (he) cooks.

  2. Miguel says:

    Mayor of Atwater effing California has a carry permit? Why?

  3. Walpurgis says:

    Atwater air field? Don’t make me choke up laughing. I’ve seen air strips on dirt roads that get more traffic.

    Any self respecting drug dealer knows not to land in Atwater…They just fly over Laton and air drop it.

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