Teen Fires BB Gun at Jogger in Middletown: Police

A teenager was arrested in Middletown yesterday, accused of shooting a BB gun from a Mercedes at a jogger who he suspected broke into his house, police said. 

The victim told police that that he was running on Westlake Drive on Tuesday when an older-model Mercedes pulled up by him and someone fired from a BB gun,

The jogger was not hit and called police around 7:30 p.m.

Police officers stopped a car in the Highlands neighborhood matching that description and patted down a driver and passenger under 18 and Damien Shavon Dempsey, 18, of Middletown, police said. Dempsey is accused of firing the BB gun from the passengers seat.

When officers asked about the incident, Dempsey told police that he had the BB gun in the car with him during a drive through the area when he spotted the jogger, who he thought had broken into his home earlier. He admitted to police that he fired three shots with his BB gun out the window and told police he wasn't sure if he hit the person.

The two other people in the car weren't "aware of his intent to shoot at the male," Dempsey told police.

Police charged Dempsey with reckless endangerment, carrying a dangerous weapon and having a weapon in a motor vehicle.

Officers seized the BB gun as evidence and held Dempsey on a $25,000 surety bond.

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