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Police use bulletproof shield, red laser dot to coax cat out of tree

By Ben Hooper Contact the Author   |   March 28, 2016 at 12:52 PM

LA VISTA, Neb., March 28 (UPI) -- Police in Nebraska shared photos of officers using a bulletproof shield and a cat's love of red lasers to lure the feline down from a tree.

Officer TJ Markowsky of the La Vista Police Department said in a Twitter post he and Officer Harold Rappold came to the rescue of a cat found trapped in a Central Park tree by another officer about 11:30 p.m. Wednesday.

A photo shows Markowsky holding a bulletproof shield against the street while Rappold uses the red laser sight from a police-issue Taser to get the cat to cross the "bridge."

"Cat is in custody. Humane Society on the way. Charges pending for scratching me," Markowski tweeted.

He said the rescue had another unintended consequence.

"Ofc. Rappold uses Taser red dot to coax cat onto our "bridge". By policy has to do paperwork now," Markowski wrote.

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