A teenage boy has been arrested and charged with the theft of his father’s handgun on Aug. 26. The arrest ties the teenager to a case where a stray bullet had injured a man on Aug. 24 shortly before midnight.
According to Captain Tracey Howard, head of the Hinesville Police Department’s Criminal Investigation Division, the 14-year old teen was arrested the night of Aug. 26, after detectives followed up on the shooting investigation. Howard said officers interviewed the teenager once before and after his second interview police charged the juvenile with theft of a weapon which had belonged to his father. The teen may also face charges of aggravated assault and reckless conduct.
The teen’s name is not being released due to his age.
Howard said the teen allegedly fired three rounds from a wood line in the vicinity of Griffin Park subdivision. One bullet went through the wall of a two story home in the 100 block of Alcot Circle where a man, who has not been identified was in his upstairs bedroom. The bullet struck the man on the top of his head. The bullet them ricocheted off the man’s head and lodged into the ceiling. The incident happened shortly before midnight. The man was treated at the scene and refused to be taken to the hospital.
Officer first spoke to the teen, who lives in the same subdivision, the night of the incident and briefly questioned him before releasing him. Detectives followed up with a second interview where the teen allegedly told the detectives what happened. The teen allegedly showed the officers where he left the 9 mm handgun in the woods. The teen was taken to a youth detention center in Claxton.