A Grovetown teen cited for firing a BB gun in the backyard of his Grovetown home will face the charge in Grovetown Municipal Court Tuesday.
Grovetown authorities cited McKenzie Ussery, 19, for discharging a firearm with the city limits on Dec. 19 for shooting a BB gun on his property, which borders the Columbia County Alternative School campus.
Ussery plans to fight the $291 ticket in court and has hired Augusta attorney Buddy Dallas, best known for defending James Brown at his criminal trial.
Ussery said he was cited with discharging a firearm within the city limits but was unaware that his BB gun, powered by compressed air, was classified as a firearm. According to Grovetown’s city ordinance, any spring-loaded, black powder or compressed air gun, including paintball and BB guns, are considered firearms.
Grovetown Department of Public Safety Chief Gary Owens said that first offenders are usually given a warning. But the incident happened a few days after the school shooting in Newtown, Conn., and the responding officer opted to cite Ussery.
Ussery also plans to assert that the Alternative School was never locked down as a result of his shooting. Principal Ja’net Bishop has said that the school was never locked down, as previously stated by Owens.
Bishop also stated the reporting teacher, who was traveling between buildings, said Ussery had a BB gun and he obviously wasn’t pointing it at the school.
Ussery’s gun was confiscated until after his court date. He faces a fine, court fees and 30 days in jail.