A Thomasville man convicted of a drug offense picked the wrong time to shoot squirrels with a stolen rifle at his residence.
Thomas County/Thomasville Narcotics/Vice Division agents were on routine patrol in the 100 block of Oak Street about noon Tuesday when they saw Cecil Hill walk onto his porch holding what they thought was a BB gun.
“He raised it and aimed it at a tree. It appeared he was trying to shoot a squirrel,” said Kevin Lee, narcotics/vice commander.
Agents’ vehicle windows were down, and officers realized the firearm was not a BB gun.
The weapon was a .22-caliber rifle. Officers learned later Tuesday the firearm was stolen.
“The gun was stolen in the ‘90s,” Lee said. It has not been determined where the rifle was stolen.
“He said he was trying to shoot squirrels that were eating his pecans,” Lee explained.
Hill told agents they would find a marijuana cigarette in an ashtray in his bedroom. Officers also found two bags of marijuana in the bedroom.
“You don’t usually see someone shooting a rifle in the city, especially a convicted felon,” the commander said.
Hill, 50, 129 Oak, is charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, misdemeanor marijuana possession, disorderly conduct and theft by receiving stolen property.