2 men charged after bullet lands in children's bedroom

Posted at 7:20 PM, Oct 06, 2017
and last updated 2017-10-06 20:20:29-04

JOHNSON COUNTY, Mo. – Two men are in jail after allegedly shooting guns into the air in rural Johnson County, leading to a bullet landing in a child’s bed. 

Darrius J. Sheridan, 22, and Mikale M. Lewis, 20, both face charges of stealing a firearm, unlawful use of a weapon, property damage, and endangering the welfare of a child. Lewis faces an added charge of resisting arrest.

Police were called to a home in rural Johnson County Wednesday after the homeowner reported hearing gunshots in the area. 

According to court documents, the homeowner told dispatch a bullet went through a wall of the home and into his young children’s bedroom. He said the bullet had bounced off a picture frame in the room and landed on a bed. No one was hurt in the incident. 

A nearby Missouri State Highway Patrol trooper called dispatch around the same time to tell them he heard gunshots in the area as well. 

A short time later, a trooper noticed a suspicious vehicle parked near a demolished bridge in the 300 block of NW 21 Road just south of the shots fired call.

According to the trooper, several people got into the vehicle and drove off so he conducted a traffic stop.

During a search of the vehicle, officers found two handguns that had been reported stolen to the Warrensburg Police Department. 

Court documents say several shell casings were found where the vehicle was previously parked. Troopers also noticed nearby road signs appeared to have been shot several times. 

Police took Sheridan and Lewis in custody. According to court documents, Lewis tried to pull away from police to run away as they were putting him in handcuffs.

During an interview with police, Sheridan admitted to shooting the guns. He also told police Lewis was shooting with him and was the one who acquired the stolen guns. 

Both men have pleaded not guilty. They remain in the Johnson County Jail under a $10,000 bond.