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Sunday, November 21, 2021

Dunnellon man steals rifle, accidentally shoots himself in foot

A 33-year-old Dunnellon man was arrested after stealing a rifle and accidentally shooting himself in the foot.

On Thursday, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a SW 46th Street residence in Dunnellon in reference to the theft of a weapon.

The female victim at the residence stated that Ricky Donald Wiseman stole her bolt action .22 caliber rifle.

Dunnellon man steals rifle accidentally shoots himself in foot
Ricky Donald Wiseman

She stated that Wiseman had previously visited her residence and was seen on the back porch with her rifle. After confronting him and requesting the rifle back, he refused and told her that he was polishing it.

According to the victim, Wiseman then began walking down the driveway with the rifle. When she confronted him again with a request for the rifle to be returned to her, he allegedly pointed it at her.

While speaking with the victim, the deputy learned that Wiseman had accidentally shot himself in the foot with the same rifle.

Wiseman was located at his residence on SW 186th court and he agreed to speak with the deputy. He admitted to accidentally shooting himself with the rifle that belonged to the victim.

“I took it from her, shot myself with it, then gave it back,” he told the deputy.

Wiseman claimed that he told the victim he was going to take the rifle and clean it. When asked if the victim wanted him to take it, he responded by saying, “No, probably not.”

He confirmed that there was a verbal argument with the victim, but he denied pointing the rifle at her.

The victim stated that the rifle was never returned to her and alleged that Wiseman had it altered to be unrecognizable.

The deputy ran a computer check on Wiseman which revealed a previous felony conviction in 2005.

Wiseman was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail where he is currently being held on $20,000 bond. He faces felony charges for grand theft of a firearm and possession of a weapon by a convicted felon.

A court date has been scheduled on December 21 at 9 a.m., according to jail records.