Oracle, AZ (KTVK) — Pinal County sheriff’s deputies arrested an Oracle man who allegedly tried to get a rattlesnake to bite a man he considered a “rat.”
According to the Pinal County Sheriff’s Office, Nathaniel Buck Harrison, 38, went to the victim’s home uninvited Thursday night and accused him of sending his friend to prison.
Sheriff Paul Babeu said Harrison hit the 53-year-old victim on the head with a board and then told him he was going to kill him as he attempted to get a rattlesnake that he brought with him to bite the victim, but the snake wouldn’t bite.
Harrison then made the victim kneel down on the floor and fired a .45-caliber bullet into a speaker box, which was located near the victim’s foot, according to Babeu.
Deputies responded to a 911 call about the shooting and set up a perimeter. Harrison eventually came out of the house and was taken into custody.
He reportedly had attempted to hide the pistol under a couch.
Deputies found the snake inside the home and it was released back into the wild.
“This is the first case I have heard where a victim attempted to use a venomous snake to kill or injure his victim,” Babeu said in a news release.
Harrison was booked into the Pinal County Jail for endangerment, aggravated assault, criminal trespassing, disorderly conduct with a weapon, possession of a deadly weapon during the commission of a felony offense, unlawful discharge of a firearm and threatening and intimidating.
The sheriff’s office said Harrison has an extensive criminal history.
He is being held on a $50,000 bond.