Man Shoots Woman After Confusing Her Haircut for a Bird

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Raquel Villanueva, KDVR, Reporting

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — A Grand Junction man was sentenced to five years probation for shooting a woman in the head after he confused her red Mohawk for a bird.

Derrill Rockwell, 49, said thought the woman, who was sitting near a hill by his home, was a fowl that had been harassing his cats.

He realized his mistake when he heard the 23-year-old woman moaning in pain. Her injury was not life-threatening.

According to KREX in Grand Junction, the woman was a transient who left Colorado and could not be reached to testify.

Rockwell was sentenced for felony possession of a weapon by a prior offender.