LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) -
An Angelina County grand jury indicted a Lufkin man earlier this week on a felony injury to a child charge in connection to allegations that he accidentally shot a boy in the face with a BB pistol back in December of 2015.
Ladarion Loyd Dancer, 22, was arrested back in May and charged with state-jail felony injury to a child-reckless bodily injury. The grand jury set his bail amount at $2,500.
According to the arrest affidavit, Lufkin Police officers were dispatched out to an apartment in the 600 block of Kiln Street on Dec. 12, 2015 in reference to a gunshot victim. While they were on their way, dispatch told them that the victim had been shot in the ear.
When the LPD officers arrived on the scene, they found numerous people yelling outside the apartment. As they got closer, they heard boys saying, "He got shot," the affidavit stated.
They found the alleged victim's aunt holding him, and the boy had blood around his right ear and neck area. An ambulance took the boy to a Lufkin hospital.
The LPD officers talked to two witnesses who said they, another boy, Dancer, and the alleged victim were at Ellis at South Raguet near the donut shop, and Dancer had a black BB pistol that he was waving around and pointing at the boys with him, the affidavit stated.
One of the boys told the police that he grabbed the BB pistol and told Dancer to "stop playing." At that point, Dancer allegedly pulled the trigger and shot the alleged victim in the face.
According to the affidavit, the boy asked Dancer why he did it, and he said Dancer said he thought the BB pistol was on safety. He told police that they chased Dancer down the street, but they lost sight of him.
Then the officers visited the alleged victim at the hospital. The boy told LPD officers that Dancer shot him while he was sitting on a couch at a residence on Ellis Avenue. They learned that the boy had been shot in the right cheek area about an inch in front of his ear canal.
Later, LPD officers talked to a person at the house in the 500 block of Ellis. The man told them that he had been lying on the couch when he saw Dancer pull a BB pistol from the waistband of his pants and point it at the alleged victim, the affidavit stated.
The man said after Dancer shot the boy, he exclaimed," Oh s---, it was loaded!"
The witness said Dancer left the home and ran down Ellis Avenue.
An LPD investigator was assigned to the case later in December. When he finally got a chance to talk to the alleged victim in February, the boy told him that he had been visiting his friends when they decided to go to another house.
The alleged victim told the investigator that he and five other children were at a home with Dancer when the young man pulled out a BB pistol and started pointing it at everyone, the affidavit stated. He said they all told Dancer to stop, but he didn't listen and shot him in the face.
Later, the alleged victim's aunt said the boy had to have surgery to get the BB removed from his face, the affidavit stated. She said the surgery left two scars on her nephew's face.