HYDRO, Okla. – A Caddo County man is behind bars after a wild story involving a snowball fight and an air gun.
Lawmen said 25-year-old Jeremy Whisman was arrested for allegedly shooting at kids who were throwing snowballs at him.
Prosecutors said Whisman crossed the line when he got out an air-soft gun and started firing it at children.
“What we’re dealing with is a 25-year-old man who fired a high-powered air-soft gun at a group of very young, minor children,” Caddo County Assistant District Attorney James Walters said. “That’s going too far. You’re talking about a 25-year-old full-grown adult male and a group of 11 and 13 year olds armed with snowballs.”
Walters said the gun Whisman used had a metal slide and was CO2-powered.
None of the children were seriously hurt but authorities said they could have been.
“A matter of inches and that pellet hits a child in the eye,” Walters said.
Whisman’s girlfriend said Whisman fired the gun to chase off kids who were beating up her son.
“He wasn’t planning on hurting anybody,” she said. “So I think it’s really excessive that they’re trying to charge him with a felony that can not hurt somebody unless you shot them in the eye.”
Whisman’s girlfriend said they bought the gun at Walmart for about $20.
“They shoot the little plastic pellets; they don’t hurt you,” she said.”My young children run around and shoot each other with these.”
Whisman was charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
In this case, although Whisman was allegedly using an air-soft gun, it is still considered a felony crime.