LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) - A neighbor's dispute escalates to shots fired with a BB gun, and the alleged shooter is a cop. Longview police say Officer Kelly Lawrence is on paid administrative leave, pending an internal investigation. Lawrence is accused of firing shots at his neighbor's home Sunday night in the 200 block of Markhaven Drive.
"I thought [by] living next door to a police officer, you know, I'd feel somewhat safe," said Larry Dehoff. "I mean, he wasn't just target shooting! We were the target. He was shooting at my building while were inside."
Larry Dehoff says Officer Lawrence fired off a BB gun, aimed at Dehoff's game room, where his 6- and 12-year-old sons were playing.
"I'm telling you, if one of those pellets would have hit my wife or one of my kids, we'd be in the hospital right now," he said.
Dehoff says the boys were playing a Rock Band video game when all of a sudden they heard loud thumps. Dehoff's wife Anne went outside to check it out.
"She saw him open up his sliding door and pull out a riffle with a scope and fired it and it hit right above her head and she just started screaming bloody murder," said Dehoff.
It turns out the Dehoffs and Lawrence have had altercations before over noise disturbance, but for the Dehoffs, this one went too far.
"We exchanged words and he said, 'What do you expect me to do? I'm trying to sleep!' And, I'm like, 'I don't expect you to aim air riffles at my house and shoot at us!'" said Dehoff.
The Dehoffs admit that the kids were making noise, but still say the officer's actions were unacceptable.
"Even if he could hear it, he had plenty of opportunity to come over there and ask us to turn it down," said Dehoff. "He didn't try to talk to me, he just started aiming his gun out the back door and shooting at our shop."
As for Longview police, they do not condone what happened, and plan to get to the bottom of it.
"I want to assure [everyone] that as soon as we were made aware of the incident, our sergeant last night filed an immediate complaint with our office of professional standards," said Chief J.B. McCaleb, with the Longview Police Department. "Again, the officer is on leave.
We tried to interview Officer Lawrence and knocked on his door several times. As of right now, no charges have been filed against Lawrence, but Gregg County sheriff deputies did recover a Daisy Power Line BB gun during the incident.