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William James Baugus
Courtesy of Iredell County Sheriff's Office

Man Charged With Allegedly Firing Shots At Juveniles Attempting To Pull Prank

50-year-old William James Baugus of York Spann Road in Hamptonville was arrested by Iredell County Sheriff’s Officers. He’s charged with felony discharge a weapon into occupied property and three counts of misdemeanor assault with a deadly weapon.

On Friday (December 30), shortly after midnight, Iredell County Sheriff’s Office Patrol Deputies responded to the area of York Spann Road in northern Iredell County in reference to a report of shots fired at a vehicle. When the deputies arrived on the scene, they found three juveniles who told the deputies they had gone to a home to pull a prank on a friend by toilet papering their house.

While they were at the friend’s house, a neighbor, identified as William James Baugus, saw them putting toilet paper in the yard. Baugus allegedly confronted the juveniles, who got into their vehicle to leave the area. As the juveniles drove away, Baugus allegedly fired three shots at their vehicle. The deputies found two bullet holes in the vehicle the juveniles were operating.

According to police reports, Baugus then got into his vehicle and followed the juveniles. The deputies learned that Baugus had driven his vehicle into the rear of the juveniles’ vehicle while they were trying to get away from him. As a result of his hitting them, the juveniles were involved in a vehicle collision. None of the juveniles were injured as a result of the incident.

Detectives interviewed witnesses and collected evidence from the scene. Baugus gave a statement to the detectives, and the firearm used was seized as evidence. As a result of the investigation, Baugus was arrested and charged. He was released on $50,000 secured bond. A District Court date was scheduled today (January 3).