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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

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FILE: A man is hospitalized with stab wounds and a woman is in custody after police responded to an assault call on Friday night in Lehi. (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.

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