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Merrill man fires 3 shots at ATV trespasser

MERRILL (WAOW) - Frustrated by trespassing on his land, a 39-year-old Merrill man fired at least three shots from a gun at an all-terrain vehicle, the Lincoln County Sheriff's Department said Monday.

The 19-year-old ATV driver said the man confronted him with a .357-caliber pistol and another gun and as the ATV tried to drive way, the teenager heard a shot and then two more which he thought hit the ground near him, the agency said.

The landowner told investigators he fired three shots “to the north,” a lieutenant said.

The incident happened Friday night in the Town of Corning, just west Merrill.

"The landowner told the deputy he knew his actions were wrong but he was frustrated by the ongoing issue of trespassing by the suspect," a police report said.

The landowner was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct and endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon, investigators said.

The teenager was cited for trespassing, having an expired ATV registration and littering, the sheriff's department said.

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