Man shot when Oklahoma Bigfoot hunt goes bad? Sheriff calls shenanigans, makes arrests

CATOOSA, Okla. - Is a shooting accident in Oklahoma that landed one person in a hospital and three people in custody, linked to a Bigfoot hunt?

According to authorities, two men claim they were out hunting in the woods around Catoosa when one of the men got scared and accidentally shot his buddy in the back, all while in search of a Sasquatch.

However, the Roger County Sheriff’s Office isn’t buying it.

"Any story that starts out that someone is on a hunt for Sasquatch, we probably have problems with you from the get go," said Rogers County Sheriff Scott Walton.      

A 911 call came in late Saturday night from a QuikTrip convenience store near I-44 and 161st Street.

Deputies arrived and transported the wounded man to an area hospital where he underwent surgery.

Authorities say he remains in stable condition.

Deputies questioned everyone involved a second time and it became clear there was no Sasquatch, Bigfoot, Yeti involved in the shooting.

“It was their remarks for going out in the woods or whatever at night and looking for varmints," Walton said.

As more of the truth comes out, the Rogers County sheriff says it became clear that one of the men had his wife with him -- the man became startled and shot the second man, while a fourth individual helped dispose of the gun in a nearby lake.

"A situation where probably no one would have went to jail if they would have just told the truth at first, but as it unfolds we had three booked in to custody and one in the hospital," Walton said.  

Officials told KJRH-TV that Omar Pineda is being held on charges ofreckless conduct with a firearm and obstructing an officer.

His wife, Lacey Pineda, was arrested and charged with obstructing an officer, and Perry James was charged with destroying evidence.

A Tulsa County sheriff's dive team recovered the handgun they believe was used -- a 9-mm handgun -- as the sheriff's investigation wrapped up.

Two of the three charged in the shooting have bailed out of Rogers County Jail. The alleged gunman, Omar Pineda, remains behind bars.

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