A man who claims he mistook a teen playing paintball for a coyote, fatally shooting the boy, could face criminal charges.
Brandon Spangler, 17, of Flushing, Mich., was shot and killed Friday while playing paintball in a wooded area near County Road 550 West, three miles south of State Road 44, in Shelby County.
Jason Bagley, 41, who owns the property, said he's had problems with coyotes and shot at what he thought was a coyote moving along the woodline.
Bagley, who is friends with Spangler's father, Mark Spangler, of Greenwood, said he had given the family permission to use the area for a game of paintball, but said he didn't know the four teens were on the land at the time.
Bagley declined an interview request by RTV6 on Monday. A neighbor told RTV6's Stacia Matthews
that Bagley was taking the shooting "pretty bad."
It's possible Bagley could face criminal recklessness charges in connection with the shooting.
"Any time you shoot a bullet and you don't have a clear target, that is irresponsibility. That's not responsible gun handling," said Indiana Conservation Officer Angela Goldman. "You are responsible for ever single bullet that comes out of that firearm."
Brandon Spangler is expected to be buried in Michigan on Wednesday.
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