Teen Wounded in Misfire
Yesterday Detective Roger Bell arrested Waylan John Campbell for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, culpable negligence and making a false report to law enforcement.
On January 17, 2010, at approximately 11:00 a.m., 16-year-old Gary McIntyre was at Campbell's home in Cedar Key. While at the residence, Campbell showed McIntyre his 30-30 rifle, which Campbell used to shoot a bucket behind the residence. After target practicing, the two went back inside and ate lunch.
Campbell walked in the bedroom and showed McIntyre a .22 revolver. Campbell later said he thought he checked the cylinders and believed the gun was unloaded the day before. Campbell spun the cylinders and cocked the hammer back and dry fired the weapon two times. Though he did not know it, there were three live rounds in the pistol and he pointed the gun at the victim's face, pulled the trigger, and discharged one round that struck McIntyre in the face. The victim was air lifted to an undisclosed hospital where he is listed in serious but stable condition.
After McIntyre was shot, Campbell stated that he knew he would go to prison for shooting him. Campbell waited five minutes before calling 9-1-1 and fabricated a story to the 9-1-1 operator. Campbell told the operator that the two were in Shiloh Cemetery, where he was looking at his sound system when he heard the shot. He said he looked up to see the victim bleeding from his mouth. The concocted story led numerous Deputies and Florida Wildlife Commission Officers to the cemetery and began searching for an active shooter. Through the investigation Campbell confessed that he falsified the story.
Detective Bell arrested Campbell on January 19, 2010 for the listed charges. Campbell is a convicted felon for grand theft and he is currently on felony probation.
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