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MANASSAS, Va. (WUSA) -- A Manassas man is charged with reckless handling of a firearm after allegedly firing a rifle to try to kill a squirrel...in the direction of a man who was out walking his dog.

According to police, they received a call from a man who reported that he was walking his dog in the 6100 block of River Forest Drive on Tuesday night when 41-year-old Carl John Whipple walked out of his home. Police were told that Whipple came out with a rifle and fired it in the direction of the caller, intending to kill a squirrel.

They say Whipple was not immediately aware of the man walking his dog. The man was not injured.

Whipple was charged and released on personal recognizance.