Man shot during bigfoot hunt in Oklahoma

Nov. 5, 2013 at 1:43 PM

CATOOSA, Okla., Nov. 5 (UPI) -- Authorities in Oklahoma said one person was shot and three were arrested in an apparent sasquatch hunting mishap.

Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton said Omar Pineda, 21, shot his friend in the back accidentally while the two were out hunting for the legendary ape, but it took a lot of questioning before deputies could uncover the truth, KXTV, Oklahoma City, reported Tuesday.

Pineda, 21, was arrested for reckless conduct with a firearm and obstruction. The wounded man is expected to survive.

Perry Don James, 53, Pineda's father-in-law, was arrested after he threw Pineda's gun into a pond before it could be turned over to deputies. Walton said James told investigators he threw the gun into the water because he was a convicted felon and did not want the weapon on his property. He was charged with felony in possession of a firearm and destruction of evidence.

Lacey Jane Pineda, 22, Omar's wife, was arrested on an obstruction charge for allegedly telling deputies someone else had been shooting at her husband and his friend.

"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," Walton said.

Walton said his department is not concerned about the sasquatch.

"To our knowledge, no bigfoot sightings in Rogers County," Walton said. "I think our focus is career criminals and thugs, and we're going to stay focused on that and let somebody else go after bigfoot."

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