ROGERS COUNTY, Okla. (CBS St. Louis) – A hunt for the legendary Bigfoot in the Oklahoma woods ended badly when one man shot the other in the back.
The incident happened Saturday afternoon on the outskirts of Tulsa, according to Oklahoma’s News On 6.
Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton says the two men claimed they were hunting for the mythical creature when one of them heard a “barking noise.”
21-year-old Omar Pineda turned to fire his weapon and accidentally shot his friend.
Though badly hurt, the friend is expected to survive.
Deputies arrested Pineda for reckless conduct with a firearm.
Later his father-in-law was arrested. As a convicted felon he was afraid to have a gun on his property, so he threw Pineda’s weapon into a pond. 53-year-old Perry Don James is charged with being a felon in possession of a firearm and destruction of evidence.
Divers were searching the pond for the gun.
Pineda’s wife, 22-year-old Lacey Jane Pineda, wife was also taken into custody because she originally told authorities someone else had shot at her husband and his friend.
Sheriff Walton said the worst part of the situation was how many hours were wasted chasing false leads.
“If [they] had just been factual, upfront and truthful with us and explained that this was truly an accident, as strange as it might sound, we would have went ahead and investigated and probably nobody would have [gone] to jail, he said.”
Walton added, “To our knowledge, [there have been] no Bigfoot sightings in Rogers County,”