Two men set out to hunt down the legendary Bigfoot in Oklahoma over the weekend, but an accident and a few conflicting stories landed one man in the hospital and three people in jail.
Sheriff Scott Walton (Image source: KOTV-TV video screenshot)
"Any story that starts out that someone is on a hunt for Sasquatch, we probably have problems with you from the get go," Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton told KFOR-TV.
The incident occurred in Catoosa just outside of Tulsa Saturday night. In the first rendition of the incident, authorities said they were told two men were seeking out a Sasquatch when one man, Omar Pineda, fired a shot, hitting his buddy.
Omar's wife, Lacey, though told authorities someone else had shot at her husband and friend, according to KOTV-TV.
But as more of the story came out, authorities sensed something was amiss. According to KFOR, something spooked Pineda, causing him to accidentally fire and shoot his friend in the back. Then, a fourth person became involved throwing the gun in a lake.
All three -- the alleged shooter, wife and gun stasher -- were jailed and received charges. Pineda was charged with reckless conduct with a firearm and obstructing an officer. Lacey Pineda was charged with obstructing an officer. James Perry, Pineda's father-in-law, was charged with destroying evidence, something he told authorities he did because he became scared, as a convicted felon, to have a firearm on his property.
The reason for the hunt doesn't seem to be in question, but the explanation for why someone was shot is. Still, others are interpreting the entire story as being "bogus."
Walton called the case one "where probably no one would have went to jail if they would have just told the truth at first but as it unfolds, we had three booked into custody and one in the hospital."
"The aggravating part of this whole deal is that their dishonesty wasted several man hours of not only the Rogers County Sheriff's Office, but our partners at the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office," Walton told KOTV.
So, just to recap the facts in this case:
- One man (Omar Pineda) allegedly shot his friend (an unidentified man with non-lifetreatening injuries) on accident while they were in the woods Saturday night.
- Pineda's wife (Lacey) said the men were shot at by someone else.
- The father-in-law (James Perry) hid the gun, afraid he could get in trouble as a convicted felon.
Still confused? Here's how KOTV explains it: