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Friday, October 29, 2021

Marion County man kills neighbor over argument involving neighbor’s cat

A 58-year-old Marion County man was arrested after fatally shooting a neighbor over a dispute involving the neighbor’s cat.

On Wednesday, October 20, Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputies responded to reports of a shooting on SE 258th Avenue Road in Umatilla.

Upon arrival, deputies discovered the victim, James Taylor, Jr., deceased with a single gunshot wound to the chest.

According to the MSCO report, Clifton Bliss, Jr. had grabbed a rifle and walked to Taylor’s residence.

Umatilla man shoots kills neighbor over argument involving neighbor's cat
Clifton Bliss, Jr.

Bliss allegedly got into a verbal argument with Taylor regarding his cat. During the argument, Bliss shot Taylor in the chest.

Bliss remained on-scene as deputies arrived, and the rifle was observed on Taylor’s front yard.

During the initial investigation, deputies learned that Taylor was living with family members. Bliss was angry about Taylor’s cat entering his property, and Bliss confronted him about this shortly before the shooting occurred.

A female eyewitness told deputies that she was inside the house having a conversation when there was a knock at the door. Bliss was standing at the door with a gun in his hand.

The eyewitness stated that Taylor went outside. Bliss asked if Taylor had a cat and threatened to shoot it. Taylor responded by asking why Bliss would shoot an animal that he didn’t eat, and he asked for Bliss to leave the property.

According to the eyewitness, Bliss then shot Taylor in the chest. She stated that Bliss went home for a short period of time, and returned wearing a different pair of pants and boots.

A female neighbor told deputies that she looked out her front window and saw Taylor on his back in the front yard. She did not hear any gunshots or fighting leading up to the incident. She also added that there have been multiple instances in the neighborhood where Bliss confronted people with firearms.

A male neighbor was driving by at the time and also saw Taylor laying in the front yard. He told deputies that Bliss disappeared out of view for a short period of time before returning to the yard prior to the arrival of deputies. He also told deputies that Bliss got into confrontations with other neighbors regarding their cats and dogs, and he added that Bliss always had a firearm in his possession.

Bliss was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail. He is being held without bond and is being charged with second degree homicide.

No court date has been scheduled yet, according to jail records.