A raccoon came crashing through a ceiling in a Queens, N.Y., home on Friday morning and eventually was pepper sprayed by police.
The raccoon made its entrance by breaking through the bedroom ceiling of the home that is rented by Patricia Gilbert and her husband Lavanda. The frightened couple was showered with sheetrock, according to the New York Daily News.
“I heard ‘boom’ and he came crashing down,” Patricia Gilbert said. “Another foot over and he would have landed right on top of us.”
She yelled for her husband to get the raccoon while shouting for her three children to stay in their rooms. The couple called 911 for assistance.
While waiting for help, the raccoon was reportedly making a mess in the Gilbert’s living room as it tipped over pots and tried to get the family’s turtles, according to The Inquisitr.
Patricia Gilbert made a run for the door and got outside when the raccoon was trying to open a window. That’s when the police arrived and they were able to open up the window a little more.
The raccoon got out and then apparently tried to make its way back on to the roof, but that’s when the cops stepped in.
“They pepper-sprayed him,” Patricia Gilbert told the New York Daily News. The animal then ran and hid under a nearby car, she said.
Seven raccoons reportedly live in the attic of the home and Lavanda Gilbert doesn’t want his family staying there much longer.
“I just want to get out of here, it's stressful for the kids, they can't sleep well at night, hopefully we'll be out by the end of the month,” he said.