A man who fired a shot from a BB gun — a shot that narrowly missed the heads of a couple who was driving by — has been banned from having firearms for two years.
The shooter — who grew up on a farm where it was the norm to shoot small animals to protect crops — said he was shooting at birds at the time.
But downtown Brandon isn’t farmland, Judge Krystyna Tarwid noted.
“You’re in town, people live here, drive by, walk by,” Tarwid said during sentencing in Brandon court on Thursday.
Jordan Alan Dale Kirk, 20, pleaded guilty to careless use of a firearm for the July 11 incident.
Crown attorney Grant Hughes said a married couple was driving on the 200-block of 13th Street.
The husband was at the wheel and his wife in the passenger seat when she heard something “whiz” past her head and lodge in the headrest of the driver’s seat.
It appears the pellet had passed through the vehicle’s open window.
The couple called police, who found a hole in the headrest.
The wife described hearing a sound similar to that made by a pellet gun.
Police went door to door and learned that a young man, who lived in the area, had been seen firing a BB gun earlier.
Police went to his home where they found a pump-action BB gun behind a chair in his room.
That young man indicated that his friend, Kirk, had been the one who’d fired the gun.
Kirk told police that he’d been firing at birds at the time the vehicle was hit.
Defence lawyer Philip Sieklicki said Kirk wasn’t aiming at vehicles or pedestrians and the shot might have ricocheted off a tree before it entered the vehicle.
Tarwid gave 20-year-old Kirk a chance to maintain a clear criminal record with a six-month conditional discharge.
He’ll either have to do 30 hours of community service work, make a $300 donation or perform some combination of both.
He’s also banned from having firearms for two years.
Republished from the Brandon Sun print edition September 8, 2012