SYLVANIA - A relaxing day at Blue Springs turned ugly when several subjects became involved in an altercation and a gun was fired.
A complainant reported that he and several friends were at Blue Springs Boat Landing in Screven County when a large dog jumped on him trying to get to the small dog he was holding, according to a report from Cpl. Daryl Bell with Screven County Sheriff's Office.
The complainant reported that when he kicked at the dog, a young man identified as Dillon Cox, yelled at him for kicking his dog.
The two got into an argument, said Bell, leading to a fight between multiple subjects. The complainant stated he then saw Cox pull a semi-automatic handgun and fired three times toward him and his friends, according to Bell's report, but no one was harmed.
Deputies later located Cox at his father's residence, when he was questioned about the events.
Bell reported Cox agreed with the accounts leading up to the affray, but stated that his gun accidentally discharged one time and that shot went toward the ground.
"He gave several excuses as to why his gun was fired," said Sheriff Mike Kile, including that it was for target practice.
During questioning, Cox produced a Smith & Wesson, 40 caliber, semi-automatic pistol and two magazines loaded with ammunition.
A search of the area, however, did not produce any shell casings.
The weapon was confiscated and four arrested for their involvement in the incident-Dillon Thomas Cox, 25, Lord Effingham Drive (Rincon); Jacob Bernard Isenogle, 25, Gimbal Circle (Port Wentworth); Elizabeth Whisenhunt, 40, Wildwoood Circle (Statesboro); Timothy (Bubba) Pitts, Jr., 19, East 4th Street (Springfield)-each charged with affray.
An investigation continues in this case.