53-year-old woman arrested for allegedly shooting neighbor with BB gun

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ST. GEORGE — A 53-year-old woman was arrested on aggravated assault charges Saturday after allegedly shooting her neighbor with a BB gun.

Lida Oakley, of Desert Springs, Arizona, has been charged with two felony counts of aggravated assault – physical injury and aggravated assault – with a deadly weapon/dangerous instrument, Mohave County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Patricia Carter said in a statement.

At approximately 3:56 p.m. Saturday, Mohave County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a report of an assault on the 4200 East block of Willow Road.

A 62-year-old man reported that he and his wife were riding their ATV on a dirt road behind their neighbor’s residence when he felt an impact to his abdomen after being shot by a BB gun, Carter said, adding:

The (man) further advised that he drove up to the front of his neighbor’s house and his neighbor, Oakley, came out of the house holding a black gun.

After arriving at the scene, deputies watched the man remove the BB from under his skin, Carter said.

When authorities spoke with Oakley, she denied shooting at her neighbors, officials said. However, deputies found that Oakley and her husband had a BB gun and noticed the BBs were the same color as the BB removed from the man.

Oakley was subsequently taken into police custody. She was transported and booked into the Mesquite Detention Center in Mesquite, Nevada.

Persons arrested or charged are presumed innocent until found guilty in a court of law or as otherwise decided by a trier-of-fact.

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  • comments November 27, 2017 at 9:50 pm

    I’ve seen shootings reported on this site and there are two factors that need to be in place to get away with shooting someone

    1-the victim needs to be a non-mormon or “gentile”, or at the very least not been here long enough to be considered a “‘suddern’ utah native”

    2-the gunshot needs to kill the victim. That rules out the use of a bb gun i think.

    • semantics? November 28, 2017 at 10:53 am

      It sounds like you have a problem. Why don’t we chalk it up to grumpy hermit lady living in barren part of the desert was being stupid?

      • comments November 28, 2017 at 12:32 pm

        I forgot one. We’ll call it #3: the shooter needs to be active LDS.

    • Anon November 29, 2017 at 8:21 am

      Come on Comments. This story is hilarious. I mean, for real, how many of us have taken a bb to the leg or arm. There was a beautiful, golden opportunity for, “You’ll shoot your eye out” and you missed it. So disappointed.

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