SORRENTO — Lee Whalen, 38, of Sorrento was arrested on a charge of reckless conduct with a firearm after mistaking a dog walker for a burglar and firing four shots in the air, according to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department.
Deputy Sheriff Jacob Day said an unidentified Sorrento resident was walking his dog on Eastside Road about 9:30 p.m. Thursday.
Day said the walker stopped to check on a structure being built, which the man had permission to do.
“While doing so he observed someone yell, shine a flashlight over his head, then heard gunshots,” Day wrote in his report.
He said Whalen admitted to firing at least four shots in the air with an SLR rifle.
Whalen thought the unidentified walker was “stealing from the property,” Day said.