PALMYRA, Mo. -- Palmyra Police Chief Eddie Bogue has issued a statement that he said gives his side of the story about an incident involving a BB gun shooting in early July just outside Palmyra's city limits.
The incident resulted in the appointment of a special prosecutor to review Bogue's possible role in the matter. Monroe County Prosecuting Attorney Talley Kendrick, who was appointed as special prosecutor, announced in mid-July that no criminal charges would be filed against Bogue.
The incident also was under investigation by the Missouri State Highway Patrol's Division of Drug and Crime Control, but investigators did not find probable cause to proceed with charges.
The incident came to light at the Palmyra City Council meeting on July 6 when Bogue's neighbor, Randy Stice, told the council that his wife, Teya Stice, had been struck by a BB while their son and his two friends set off fireworks July 5 outside their home.
Teya Stice filed a report with the Marion County Sheriff's Department alleging that the BB came from the direction of Bogue's home, although she did not specifically accuse Bogue of shooting at the house.
In the statement he released to members of the news media, Bogue said he had not discussed the incident publicly because the Stices had filed for an order of protection against him, and his attorney advised him not to comment until after the hearing on that matter was conducted on July 26. He said the case was subsequently dismissed that day after attorneys for both sides met in chambers with the judge.
Bogue said he was at home the night of the BB gun shooting when a deputy came to his door.
"Teya was claiming I had shot her with a BB gun, and she wanted me arrested," Bogue wrote. "I was dumbfounded when I heard this."
Bogue said the Stices claimed they saw him standing on his porch and heard him yelling something at them.
"I never yelled at anyone nor was I outside on my porch during the evening," he said.
Bogue told the deputy that he knew of two BB guns in his home. Both belonged to a foster child living there.
The deputy then talked with the child, who "told the deputy he and his friend had been outside shooting the BB gun, but did not say they shot anywhere near the neighbor's house," Bogue wrote. "At this point it became fairly obvious on how Teya Stice may have received a wound on her shoulder."
Bogue said the deputy then relayed this account to the Stices, and "(the deputy) told me the Stices did not believe him and they were adamant that I was involved in shooting a BB at them, striking Teya."