A security guard in Jasper County caught two people stealing tractor radiators, but ended up in jail alongside them after he fired on them.
The Jasper County Sheriff’s Office says 45-year-old Andy Bucklin was providing security at Colfax Tractor Parts, after the business experienced some thefts. A little after 1:30 Wednesday morning Bucklin called officials saying he had caught two people stealing radiators.
"We've had a lot of theft going on. We've had thousands and thousands of dollars worth of stuff stolen," says Jeff Bucklin who runs the family business.
Jasper County deputies and Colfax police responded to the scene and found 46-year-old Charles Brumley and 31-year-old Misty Patterson-Peterson being held by Bucklin. They were each charged with third degree theft, possession of methamphetamine, and possession of drug paraphernalia. Brumley was also charged with driving while suspended and failure to prove liability.
Brumley and Patterson-Peterson were taken to the Jasper County Jail.
Officials say during the incident, Bucklin shot the hood of Brumley’s vehicle with a handgun. He was taken into custody as well and charged with one count of reckless use of a firearm causing property damage.
"Certainly, the two people in the car were breaking the law and they needed to be charged, but in this case, because the round was fired, we wanted to be consistent, fair and so Mr. Bucklin was charged as well," says Jasper County Sheriff John Halferty.
"He was just trying to do his job. I just want to make sure he's not confused with the other guys because everybody went to jail. I want to make sure he's not confused as being somebody down here stealing when he's down here helping," says Jeff Bucklin.