Pellet gun leads to felony charges

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

18-year-old being held on $200,000 cash bond

A Cassville man is facing three felony charges after allegedly shooting a woman with a pellet gun in Shell Knob.

Austin Day, 18, of Cassville, is charged with first-degree assault, armed criminal action and discharging a firearm from a motor vehicle at a person or structure.

According to a probable cause statement filed by Randy Kalbaugh, deputy with the Barry County Sheriff’s Office, the incident occurred on the Shell Knob Bridge on May 3.

Kalbaugh said Day allegedly shot a woman in the right eye with a pellet gun, causing a pellet to be imbedded in her brain cavity. The victim was intubated and in stable condition pending a neurological surgeon consultation.

Day allegedly said he began firing the weapon, not realizing he was firing in the victim’s direction. Day was by his truck in the parking lot of Pizza Hut, and the victim was standing on the Shell Knob bridge along the northbound lane of traffic.

Kalbaugh said Day allegedly lied about the events, and it took three interviews before he told the truth. Day also allegedly hid the pellet gun in the timber under a rock ledge and allegedly asked his friends to lie for him.

Day ultimately allegedly admitted to firing the break-over pellet gun in the direction of the victim, and other witness statements said he fired the gun to scare the victim off the bridge.

Day is being held in the Barry County jail on a cash-only bond of $200,000. He has been arraigned, and a bond hearing was held on Tuesday.

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