Over the weekend, “Defund the Police” supporter, Alyssa Milano called the police on what turned out to be someone shooting at squirrels with an air gun near her home.
“We first noticed the helicopter circling overhead very low and knew something was going on, it’s usually such a quiet community,” one neighbor of Milano’s told the Daily Mail. “Then we saw all the police cars parked in front of Alyssa’s home. They had their guns at the ready and seemed very serious.”
A neighbor made the call initially to 911, and Milano’s husband, Dave Bugliari, followed up according to authorities.
“On Sunday morning as we were all getting ready to watch the Giants game, our neighbor spotted ‘a man dressed in all black, walking in the woods between our properties with a gun,’” recalled Milano, 47, in the statement. “As that is a rare sight in our parts, the neighbor was understandably alarmed and she called the police.”
She continues, “We then received a call alerting us to the potential situation and that officers had been dispatched. My husband subsequently called 911 to check on when police would be arriving. While he was on the line, they arrived.”
After a three-hour search, cops found the culprit was just shooting an air gun at squirrels. No charges were filed or citations issued according to the Ventura County Sheriff’s Department.
In her statement, Milano thanks the deputies’ response to the call and clarified her position on policing.
“The responding officers were amazing and made my family and I feel safe and secure as we ‘sheltered in place’ until we knew exactly what was happening,” she said. “These are exactly the type of situations that police officers are trained for and should be responding to, and we will always support police having the resources they need for appropriate policing actions.”
“We’d love to see equally trained non-police professionals respond to addiction and mental health crises and non-violent events so that these brave officers can do the jobs they are so good at handling, as they demonstrated this weekend.”