Man taken into custody for allegedly shooting a 13-year-old with a BB gun

Apr 12, 2022, 7:12 PM | Updated: Dec 29, 2022, 11:42 am
Lehi police officer kidnapping thanksgiving point...
FILE: Lehi Police say a man was arrested Wednesday morning after destroying hiw own home with a weapon. (Laura Seitz/Deseret News)
(Laura Seitz/Deseret News)

LEHI, Utah — A Lehi man has been taken into custody by Lehi police for allegedly shooting a 13-year-old girl with a BB gun in an incident on March 31.

According to the possible cause statement, the girl was attempting to speak with the individual who could have possibly damaged her friend’s bicycle. 

Police say that when the girl knocked on the suspect’s door, he had a cigarette in his mouth and what appeared to be a gun that was pointed toward her. According to probable cause statement, the suspect, who has been identified as James Davis, 50, said he was going to shoot her, while uttering vulgar language at her. 

The girl then told police that she ran in a zig-zag motion, as she was taught when she was young, to avoid being hit. When police asked her about the gun, the girl said it looked like one that belonged to her grandfather.

In the probable cause statement, the girl told police in an effort to escape, “she never ran faster in her life.”

Struck by a BB gun

According to the probable cause statement, the girl told police that she was shot at twice and was hit in the thigh by a small, round object. Police also say that they noticed a welt on her thigh that would be the size of a BB. Police were also provided with proof of bruising on the back of her thigh. 

The girl also explained to police that where she was hit, it hurt so much that after sitting down for a short time she would have to stand back up.

According to police, witnesses also informed authorities they found BBs on the ground outside the door of the suspect’s home.

Police say when confronted about the incident, Davis denied any involvement. According to the probable cause statement, he was unwilling to give consent to police to search his apartment or vehicle for an item that looked like a gun.

An AP&P agent was brought into the investigation and discussed the matter with Davis. Police say after the conversation with the agent, Davis consented to the search.

After a search of the home, police found a BB gun matching the description that had been provided by the victim.

According to police, Davis was a restricted person on parole at the time he was taken into custody. 

Davis has been booked into the Utah County Jail under investigation for aggravated assault and possession of a weapon by a restricted person. Both are third-degree felonies.

Read more:




We want to hear from you.

Have a story idea or tip? Send it to the KSL NewsRadio team here.

Today’s Top Stories

Crime, Police + Courts

North Park Police is investigating a bomb threat Friday afternoon at a Walmart in North Logan. Shut...
Mark Jones

No bomb found after threat is made at North Logan Walmart

North Park Police are investigating a bomb threat at a North Logan Walmart on Friday afternoon.
1 day ago
A new substance linked to several deadly overdoses around the country is now appearing in Utah, and...
Hugo Rikard-Bell

Drug Enforcement Administration warns of new substance appearing in Utah

A new substance linked to several deadly overdoses around the country is now appearing in Utah, and the DEA says it’s a serious danger.
1 day ago
paltrow pictured at her ski accident trial...
Waverly Golden and Jessica Lowell

Lawyers of man who lost lawsuit against Gwyneth Paltrow may try for new trial

Sanderson was asking for $300,000 in damages while Paltrow countersued for $1.
1 day ago
Former President Donald Trump speaks with reporters while in flight on his plane after a campaign r...

Donald Trump indicted; expected to surrender early next week

Charges stem from payments made during the 2016 presidential campaign to silence claims of an extramarital sexual encounter.
1 day ago
Pictures of the victims killed in a mass shooting at The Covenant School are fixed to a memorial ne...
Mallika Kallingal, Nouran Salahieh and Eric Levenson, CNN

Some 911 calls from Nashville’s Covenant School shooting are released

 (CNN) — Some of the 911 calls from The Covenant School shooting have been released by the City of Nashville, capturing some of the tense moments as the carnage played out. One woman who says she is in the building as the shooting is happening tells the operator, “I hear another shot.” The operator responds, […]
1 day ago
Former President Donald Trump listens as he speaks with reporters while in flight on his plane afte...
Mark Jones

Former President Trump was indicted Thursday, what it means

Former President Trump was indicted Thursday by a New York grand jury. KSL at Night hosts discuss with former U.S. Attorney for the District of Utah, John Huber.
2 days ago

Sponsored Articles

Cheerful young woman writing an assignment while sitting at desk between two classmates during clas...
BYU EMBA at the Marriott School of Business

Hear it Firsthand: 6 Students Share Their Executive MBA Experience at BYU’s Marriott School of Business

The Executive MBA program at BYU offers great opportunities. Hear experiences straight from students enrolled in the program.
Skier being towed by a rider on a horse. Skijoring....
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Looking for a new winter activity? Try skijoring in Bear Lake

Skijoring is when someone on skis is pulled by a horse, dog, animal, or motor vehicle. The driver leads the skiers through an obstacle course over jumps, hoops, and gates.
Banner with Cervical Cancer Awareness Realistic Ribbon...
Intermountain Health

Five common causes of Cervical Cancer – and what you can do to lower your risk

January is National Cervical Cancer Awareness month and cancer experts at Intermountain Health are working to educate women about cervical cancer.
Kid holding a cisco fish at winterfest...
Bear Lake Convention and Visitors Bureau

Get ready for fun at the 2023 Bear Lake Monster Winterfest

The Bear Lake Monster Winterfest is an annual weekend event jam-packed full of fun activities the whole family can enjoy.
happy friends with sparklers at christmas dinner...

15 easy Christmas dinner ideas

We’ve scoured the web for you and narrowed down a few of our favorite Christmas dinner ideas to make your planning easy.
Spicy Homemade Loaded Taters Tots...

5 Game Day Snacks for the Whole Family (with recipes!)

Try these game day snacks to make watching football at home with your family feel like a special occasion. 
Man taken into custody for allegedly shooting a 13-year-old with a BB gun