2017-05-06 / Front Page

Police say suspect shot his sons with BB gun


HOLLIS  — A father who police said he shot his two young boys with a BB gun so they would know what it felt like to be shot and therefore not shoot other people is in custody at York County Jail.

James Pelletier, 46, is charged with felony child endangerment and felony domestic violence reckless conduct for allegedly shooting his 9-year-old son in the upper thigh and his 11-year-old son in the right forearm with a BB gun.

Maine State Police and the Department of Health and Human Services began investigating the incident following a referral from Hollis Middle School on Friday.

The 11-year-old told DHHS investigators that he and his brother were shot because they failed to do their chores, according to state police.

Pelletier told a different story. When interviewed by DHHS and Maine State Police, Pelletier admitted to shooting the children not out of anger, but as a rite of passage to get their own BB guns and to know what it feels like getting hit so they won’t shoot other people, police said in a statement.

The children were not wearing protective gear at the time of the shooting, police said.

Pelletier was arrested and taken to York County Jail, where was being held without bail pending a first court appearance today.

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