Man accused of shooting pair in feet arraigned

PHOENIX — A Phoenix man suspected of accidentally shooting two people in the feet Tuesday while firing shots into the ground was sent to jail Wednesday.

Derrik Dean Sharbono, 30, was arraigned Wednesday in Jackson County Circuit Court on two counts of third-degree assault, unlawful use of a weapon, reckless endangerment and menacing, court records show. His bail was set at $50,000.

Phoenix police said officers responded to a report of shots fired just after 10 p.m. Tuesday at the corner of Oak and South B streets in Phoenix. Witnesses at the scene said they saw Sharbono run from the scene after firing three to five shots from a gun. Police located four 9 mm shell casings and discovered a 13-year-old boy and a 26-year-old man, Sharbono's brother, had been struck in the feet by the bullets.

"They all hang out together," Phoenix police Chief Derek Bowker said. "Basically, family friends is how it was described to me."

Bowker said both victims had set off fireworks in front of Sharbono's home on Houston Street, about a mile away from the incident, before leaving. Police said Sharbono left his home upset that the fireworks had awakened his children.

He drove to the intersection of Oak and South B streets with a gun, where he found the pair and others standing in the driveway, police said.

"He just started shooting into the ground," Bowker said. "None of the witnesses said he purposely aimed his gun at anybody."

Police said Sharbono fled after the shootings.

Both victims were about 15 feet away from the shooter when the gun was fired. Both were taken to a local hospital, where they were treated and released.

Police from the Jackson County Sheriff's Department, Medford, Talent and Phoenix police departments and Oregon State Police tracked Sharbono to his home an hour after the shooting and arrested him.

Sharbono does not appear to have any previous criminal history in Jackson County, court records show. He has a preliminary hearing scheduled for 4 p.m. Monday.

Police said the accident was the result of bad judgment and a prank gone wrong.

"This is the first contact I know of him with us," Bowker said. "It was just a really bad decision."

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