BB gun shooting triggers charges against MF teen

MARTINS FERRY – A 17-year-old boy faces charges after he allegedly shot a 10-year old boy with a BB from a pellet gun on Cemetery Road in Martins Ferry on Wednesday.

According to Martins Ferry police, the boy had gotten off the school bus around 3 p.m. on the first day of school when the incident happened.

Chief John McFarland said the boy heard what he thought was a BB gun sound and seconds later felt something hit his shoulder. He then went home and told his mother what happened. There was another person in the area who saw someone with some sort of a gun.

“That person was able to witness a gentleman standing on the back porch with a pellet gun in his hand,” McFarland said.

Police were called to the area and took a 17-year-old boy into custody. McFarland said the boy admitted to shooting a BB gun but said he didn’t intend to hit anyone.

The boy was transported to Sargus Juvenile Detention Center on an intentional charge of aggravated assault. The Belmont County Prosecutor will have the final say as to what degree of assault the juvenile will be charged with, if any.

McFarland said there is a reason that warning labels on these types of devices advise parental supervision. “You have to have better sense than that,” the chief said.