PALATKA, Fla. -- A Palatka man was charged with two counts of aggravated assault Tuesday for firing a gun in the air near two teens he said looked suspicious.
The two teens, ages 16 and 17, and the man charged, 78-year-old William Wise, eachgave policetheir side ofthe incidentthat took place about 6:45 Monday, according to the Palatka Police Department.
Wise told police he saw the teens standing in the road near his home. He became concerned, he said, because his home had been broken into in the past and he thought the teens were "up to no good", according to police.
The teenstold policethey were waiting for a ride when Wiseapproached them. The pair told police they asked Wise to leave them alone or they would call police.
When the teens started walking to one of their homes nearby, Wise followed, police said.
According to police, Wise confronted the teens a few blocks away, produced a hand gun and fired it into the air. The teens ran away and called police.
Wise said he felt threatened by the teens so he pulled out the gun and fired it into the air to scare them. No one was hurt.
The gun fired in the incident, a 32 caliber Smith and Wesson handgun, was recovered Wise's home, police said.
Wise was arrested for two counts of aggravated assault and booked into the Putnam County Jail. His bond is set at $3,000.