Jail officer accused of firing BB gun at children

Lt. Mike Wilson
Lt. Mike Wilson (Courtesy: WATE)

ONEIDA, Tenn. (WATE) – A man who is a lieutenant with the Scott County Jail and an elected constable is charged with firing a BB gun at several children near his home Wednesday night.

Michael Wilson, 58, is charged with assault. Officers with the Oneida police department say they were called to The Church of God on Paintrock Road around 8:30 p.m. A caller said several children had been shot with a BB gun while they were playing volleyball at the church.

Parents said around 20 kids were playing volleyball at the time.

A witness said three children were hit by BBs fired from the porch of a trailer next to the volleyball field. None of the children were taken to the hospital, but they had welts on their backs and legs. They said they heard a sound like something being cocked, then fired.

At the trailer, Wilson’s son Chris said he had just gotten home and his father was in bed. Mike Wilson, whom officers said seemed intoxicated, said he did not shoot the BB gun, but owns one and it was on the front porch.

The children said the gun looked like the one they had been shot with and gave a description of the man holding it that matched Wilson’s

Wilson has also been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the case. Wilson was not arrested. Instead, he was given a summons to appear in court on a later date. He is scheduled to be in court on June 3.

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