A 58-year-old Louisiana man has been arrested and charged after he allegedly shot a 14-year-old girl playing hide-and-seek on his property.
David Doyle was charged with four counts of aggravated assault with a firearm, aggravated battery, and the illegal discharge of a firearm after the horrifying incident in Starks.
He reportedly told responding officers that he noticed shadowy figures moving around his property.
The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office released a statement and detailed how police rushed to the scene and saw a young girl suffering from a gunshot wound.
“Detectives arrived on scene and after further investigation, it was discovered several juveniles were playing hide and seek in the area and were hiding on the neighbor’s property,” it read.
“When detectives spoke with the property owner, David V. Doyle, 58, Starks, he stated he observed shadows outside his home, at which time he went inside and retrieved his firearm. He then advised detectives he went back outside and observed people running away from his property, at which time he began shooting at them and unknowingly hit the girl.”
According to KPLC, the incident happened on a dead-end road with only three residents – Doyle, the 14-year-old girl’s family, and their relative.
Doyle is currently in custody with a bond set at $300,000.
The girl was rushed to a hospital where she received treatment for non-life threatening injury.
Louisiana has a ‘stand your ground law’ that can justify the use of deadly force. According to this law, a person needs to be acting in self-defense, if someone is making unlawful entry into a residential home, place of business, or vehicle, or preventing a violent crime.
Police have reiterated that Doyle is innocent until proven guilty.
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