Man Shoots Woman in Head After Mistaking Her Mohawk for a Bird

A Grand Junction, CO man accidentally shot a woman in the head after mistaking her red mohawk for a red bird that had been harassing his cat. But wait, it gets better! The woman, as it turns out, was both drunk and possibly in possession of meth, and the man who shot her was a convicted felon who wasn't even supposed to own a firearm in the first place!

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A Colorado man who shot a woman in the head after mistaking her red Mohawk hairdo for a bird has been placed on probation, authorities say. Derrill Rockwell, 49, of Grand Junction, was sentenced to five years probation and ordered to pay more than $10,000 in restitution Friday after pleading guilty to felony possession of a weapon by a prior offender, the Grand Junction Daily Sentinel reported. Several other related charges against him were dropped, the newspaper said.
"This was a tragic accident, and I'm truly sorry," he told the judge. Rockwell, who was banned from owning a gun for a 1995 attempted burglary conviction, told police he had gone outside with his .22-caliber rifle Oct. 5 to shoot a bird that had been harassing his cats. He shot once at what he thought was a red bird on a hilltop about 90 feet away, then heard a woman moaning in pain. He discovered a 23-year-old woman with a head wound. Deputy District Attorney Jason Conley told the presiding judge the woman may have been passed out from intoxication prior to being shot. He said investigator found a small bag of suspected methamphetamine nearby. Conley said the victim, who didn't attend Rockwell's hearing, has left the state._