Yale man arrested for shooting at home; property damage

Police investigate incident

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Yale man was arrested this week after firing shots at the home of a resident who confronted him about destroying mailboxes with his truck, police said.

A resident in the 11700 block of Yale Road, just east of Yale,  said he noticed 20-year old Justin Sample walking near his neighbor’s house.

Investigators say witnesses told them Sample was driving at a high speed and ran over three mailboxes in front of the homeowner’s house.

The owner of the mailboxes found the truck at the Marathon gas station in Yale and told Sample to stay at the gas station while police were called, but Sample fled before officers could arrive, according to deputies.

Within 10 minutes of the homeowner returning to his house, Sample returned in the black truck and revved his engine in front of the homes, officials said.

Investigators say the homeowner walked out to confront Sample, but he sped off towards town while firing three or four shots from a .16 gauge shotgun. Another round of gunshots rang out a short time later, as the homeowner was on the telephone with 911 dispatchers

The third time Sample returned and parked in the driveway, revving the engine, he was met by Yale Police Officer Todd Haenhle who detained him until deputies arrived.

Sample was taken into custody and charged with reckless use of a firearm, firing at an occupied building and second offense operating while intoxicated.

He was arraigned Tuesday and released on a $10,000 bond.