PASCO COUNTY, FL (WFLA) – A Port Richey man was shot and wounded by Pasco County deputies Monday night after confronting his neighbor, the sheriff’s office said. Deputies said Frank Thomas Rogers, 56, was upset because his neighbor’s cats ended up on his property. He worried the cats would eat his bird, Minnie.
Before the incident, Rogers sent his boyfriend a text to take care of Minnie and to watch the news, deputies said. Rogers showed up Monday at the neighbor’s house around 6:13 p.m., on Hickery Hill Drive, with a rifle, according to the sheriff’s office. Another neighbor tried to calm him down, but Rogers said he was going to kill the cats’ owner, deputies said. Deputies said he banged on the door and then entered the house.
The cats’ owner was able to get out and lock Rogers in the home. Rogers eventually got out, and the woman re-entered the house, locking herself inside. When deputies arrived, Rogers was outside the house with his rifle. Deputies made several commands for him to drop the rifle. Instead, deputies said, he raised it at deputies. He was shot by numerous deputies, hit multiple times.
Rogers was taken to a local hospital for treatment. Deputies said he is alive but his condition is unknown. Rogers face’s multiple charges, including attempted murder of law enforcement officers and armed burglary.
The deputies who fired the shots are on routine administrative leave. None of the deputies were injured.
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