Johnny Cash water tower mural shot 'in very sensitive area'

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A Johnny Cash mural in his Arkansas hometown has been shot in a "sensitive area".

The silhouette of Cash, painted on a water tower in Kingsland, was shot last week, causing the water tower to leak.

The shot hit the painting of the singer "in a very sensitive area", Kingsland Mayor Luke Neal told FOX16. It caused the painting to appear as if the Ring of Fire hitmaker was "taking a leak" on the town.

"Somebody shot our water tower, shot the silhouette of Johnny Cash," Neal explained. "It's been leaking for the last almost week."

Neal told local news channel THV-11 that the tank loses 30,000 gallons of water every day that the leak continues.

"You kind of run on a tighter budget in small towns like this, because it's really all you've got to work with. And things like this can set you back a little bit," he said.

It will cost $5,000 (£4,000) to repair, with crews having to drain the tower before they can begin.

Police arrested suspect Timothy Sled on Thursday. Sled was charged with two felonies - criminal mischief and impairing the operation of a vital public utility - for allegedly shooting the tower. If convicted, he could face up to 16 years of prison.

The mural, which stands at Cash's exact height of 6'2'' (1.88m), was originally painted on the water tower in March 2021.