A 20-year-old man and a teen were arrested over the weekend for shooting BB guns at passing vehicles, Hillsborough County sheriff's deputies say.
Three cars were struck by pellets, and two happened to be deputies' patrol cars, the sheriff's office says.
Wade Eric Kinman, 20, of Dover, and Brandon Christopher Herrick, 17, of Seffner, were each charged with three counts of shooting into an occupied vehicle and three counts of felony criminal mischief.
The sheriff's office gives this account of what happened early Saturday morning at Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard near Bethlehem Road in Dover:
Deputy Anthony Kaczmarek was in a marked patrol car, driving east on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, when he heard a loud bang on the driver's side door. Kaczmarek thought he had hit debris on the road.
A few minutes later, a motorist in a Jeep stopped Kaczmarek. The driver told the deputy that he thought someone had shot at his Jeep. Kaczmarek and the motorist both found dents in the doors of their vehicles.
Sheriff's Lt. Billy Passmore was driving on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard to meet up with the deputy when he also heard something strike his unmarked patrol car. More deputies were called to the scene to search the area.
Kinman and Herrick were found in a wooded area on the 15000 block of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, deputies say.
Kinman and Herrick told deputies they had been shooting pellet rifles at a cat that was going through trash bins in the neighborhood.
Kinman and Herrick then told deputies that they were shooting at cans but decided to shoot at passing vehicles out of curiosity. Deputies say the pair may have shot at cars at least 15 times.
Two BB guns were seized by deputies.
Kinman is being held on $26,760 bail at Orient Road Jail. Herrick was taken to the Juvenile Assessment Center.