Men say Bigfoot hunt led to shooting


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Reported by: Price McKeon
Updated: 11/04/2013 4:30 pm Published: 11/03/2013 10:48 pm


The Rogers County Sheriff’s office told FOX23 that three men told them a search for “Big Foot” led to a shooting.

The incident landed three people in jail and one in the hospital on Saturday night.

FOX23 learned deputies received a call about man who a gunshot wound at a QuikTrip Saturday night.

Sheriff Scott Walton said a group of people were in the woods, “And according to their words, hunting for Sasquatch or Big Foot.”

“First rendition of the story, we received information that someone had shot at them and that later turned into a more truthful explanation,” Walton said.

He told FOX23’s Price McKeon the group told deputies something in the woods spooked them and that’s when one of them got shot.

The gun was fired by the victim’s friend Omar Pineda, according to deputies. He was arrested for reckless conduct with a firearm and obstructing an officer.

Walton said, “Instead of the normal channels someone would take ‘911, we need an ambulance’ or transport someone to an emergency room, they opted to use QuikTrip.”

When deputies arrived they said they found Joseph Smalley with a gunshot wound in his back that was serious enough he needed surgery.

“However, fortunately we believe this individual’s wounds will not be life threatening,” Walton said.

Walton said Pineda’s father-in-law, Perry James, disposed of the gun in a pond because he told deputies he got scared because he was a felon with a firearm.
Deputies arrested James early Sunday morning.

Walton said Omar Pineda’s wife, Lacey, told deputies different versions of what happened. She was arrested for obstructing an officer.

Sheriff Walton told FOX23 that if everyone involved would have been honest and up front, things would have been a lot less complicated.

FOX23 learned the Tulsa County Sheriff’s office assisted the Rogers County Sheriff’s office Sunday to search the pong to find the gun.

According to the jail’s website, Lacey Pineda and Perry James were released on bond and Omar Pineda is being held on no bond at the Rogers County Jail.


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Mayor Maynot - 11/5/2013 3:19 PM
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Winter/Storm (must be sleet) there isn't a season OR a permit for coons or squirrels.

Unwashed Mass - 11/5/2013 11:55 AM
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People often call an ambulance from QuikTrip if they dont have a phone. Is Walton just dense?

Unwashed Mass - 11/5/2013 11:51 AM
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Story is misleading and has nothing to do with Bigfoot. Where did ethics go?

Mayor Maynot - 11/5/2013 10:47 AM
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They probably tell enough untruths to one another that it's difficult for them to distinguish the difference. Yes, there are reported sightings of Sasquatch throughout Neosho.

pirate - 11/4/2013 12:54 PM
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that's the way to make us Oklahomans proud

watergirl - 11/4/2013 10:52 AM
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Winter Storm, well said. I just can't get over anybody actually looking for this legendary creature around here. Especially this close to such well populated areas. LOL Really? Wow.

Winter Storm - 11/4/2013 6:33 AM
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I think that Sasquatch is protected and it is illegal to shoot him. In any event, it is illegal to shoot any species of man, and it is illegal to shoot any species of animal that does not have a hunting season defined in the Oklahoma Game Regulations.
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