JEROME • Two teenagers are in custody Monday after one of them fired three shots at a man Sunday night northeast of Jerome, police said.
The man was not hit and was uninjured, Jerome Sheriff’s Lt. Dan Kennedy said in a statement. The man called police about 8:25 p.m. Sunday to report three people were on his property near 400 North 200 East dumping garbage, and when he confronted them, one of them shot at him with a small handgun.
“They just started to unload junk out of a trailer,” Sheriff Doug McFall said over the phone Monday morning. “The guy went out to confront them, told them not to dump junk on his property, then one of them drew a weapon and fired three shots but didn’t strike him.”
Police and sheriff’s deputies were on the lookout for a white Chevrolet Tahoe pulling a small utility trailer, and a short time later a Jerome police officer saw the SUV near 900 West Main Street, Kennedy said. After a short pursuit the Tahoe stopped in the 800 block of West Ave H and all three people were arrested.
“They gave themselves up without incident,” McFall said.
A 17-year-old was arrested on charges of aggravated assault and minor in possession of a firearm, Kennedy said. A 15-year-old was arrested on charges of driving without privileges and eluding police.
A man who was with them was released without charges. Both juveniles were being held in Snake River Detention Center in Twin Falls.
The man who was shot at, a farmer who was “really spooked” by the incident, did not know the three people, McFall said.
The sheriff suggested farmers and others living in rural areas arm themselves because there’s “no way law enforcement is going to protect them all the time.”
“I think people need to wake up, start thinking about protecting themselves,” McFall said.
The sheriff added that those living in rural areas should also be careful and not approach suspicious people.
“I highly recommend these folks, if they run into something suspicious, call dispatch either on an emergency or non-emergency line,” McFall said. “We will dispatch deputies out there, and they won’t be in trouble even if it’s nothing. Let us come check things out; the last thing we want is a gun battle out in our county.”