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Pair accused of shooting pellets at deputies' cruisers

TAMPA — They were either shooting at a cat or cars, according to Hillsborough sheriff's deputies.

Whatever the case, 20-year-old Wade Eric Kinman and a 17-year-old were arrested Saturday after deputies say they fired pellet guns, striking one unmarked sheriff's cruiser, one marked sheriff's cruiser and a Jeep.

Kinman and the teen first told deputies they were shooting at a cat, according to sheriff's spokesman J.D. Callaway.Then they changed the story, saying they fired at least 15 times at passing vehicles along Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, Callaway said.

Deputies found two pellet rifles at Kinman's residence in Dover. They arrested him and the teen, charging both with three counts of shooting into an occupied vehicle and three counts of felony criminal mischief. Kinman was booked into the Orient Road Jail. The juvenile was taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center.

Pair accused of shooting pellets at deputies' cruisers 08/17/09 [Last modified: Tuesday, August 18, 2009 12:11am]
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