Shooting at a varment in an apartment complex in Lincoln City lands shooter in jail on Thanksgiving.
On Thanksgiving day, at about 9:50 AM, Lincoln City Police officers were dispatched to the apartments located at 4305 SW Highway 101, Lincoln City, on a report there were two males shooting a rifle near apartment #7.
Officers arrived at the location and determined that thirty-eight-year-old Terry R. Viola of Lincoln City had fired at least one round from a 30-30 caliber hunting rifle. It was determined Mr. Viola was in an open area of the apartment complex when he fired the shot. Fortunately no one was injured and there was no damage to any property. Mr. Viola admitted he purposely fired the shot from the rifle, stating he was trying to rid the apartment complex of a non-game pest animal. No deceased animal was found.
Alcohol may have been a contributing factor in this incident.
A Winchester 30-30 caliber lever action hunting rifle was seized. Mr. Viola was arrested and transported to the Lincoln County Jail where he was lodged on the charge of unlawful use (discharge) of a weapon within the city limits. His bail was set at $50,000.