Joseph Edwards Ables, 69, has been identified as the Florida man accused of shooting Florida sheriff’s deputy William Gentry Sunday night. Gentry has since passes away as a result of his injuries.

Gentry, 40, was shot Sunday evening after responding to a call Sunday about a neighbor shooting a cat in Lake Placid.


Gentry interviewed the cat owner at their residence and based on information gathered there, departed that location and arrived at Ables’ residence, the alleged feline shooter.

Upon arrival, Ables opened fire striking the officer in the head.

Gentry went to Ables’ house, where Ables immediately opened fire and shot the deputy in the head, police said. source

(ORIGINAL STORY:) A Florida sheriff’s deputy was in critical condition Sunday night after he was shot while responding to a reported “neighbor dispute,” authorities said.

The Highlands County Sheriff’s Office said the deputy was shot shortly before 8 p.m. after making contact with the resident of a home in Lake Placid. The deputy was airlifted to Lee Memorial Hospital in Fort Myers.

A second deputy arrested a suspect, who was identified as a 69-year-old man. No further details about the suspect for the deputy were immediately available. source

This is a developing story. Check back as more details emerge.