JAY — When a gunman reportedly opened fire Friday on two brothers, the older boy shielded the younger one. He still has a bullet lodged in his body.
That detail emerged Monday after a hearing for William Michael Demoss, 51, of rural Jay. He is jailed on $705,000 bail on three complaints of shooting with intent to kill and four complaints of felony possession of a firearm.
A $5,000 portion of the bail was set for a 2004 assault and battery warrant.
Demoss is accused of shooting Delaware County Sheriff’s Deputy Rick Pike.
The shooting occurred as Pike attempted to serve a warrant at the rural Jay home of Demoss’s mother, Virginia Rose Logan.
The warrant was issued hours after Demoss allegedly fired three shots at a pair of brothers — one 17, the other 9 years old — as they walked on a rural road in front of the Logan residence.
“I don’t think bail should have been set,” said Roy and Maxie Chrismon, parents of the boys.
The oldest was shot twice by a .22-caliber rifle, once in the right hand and again by a second bullet that entered his hip and lodged near his groin area.
“They (doctors) decided not to remove the bullet in his groin area,” Roy Chrismon said.
He was flown by helicopter to a Springdale, Ark., hospital where he was treated and released, Roy Chrismon said.
The youngest brother was not hurt because the older boy grabbed his younger brother, shielded him from the gunfire and then ran to a neighbor’s house, his mother said. The neighbor called an ambulance, the sheriff’s office and the boys’ parents.
“Both are doing OK, but Marcus is scared to death and they don’t understand why he shot at them,” Maxie Chrismon said.
Pike, who was shot in the hip as he tried to arrest Demoss, was hospitalized at St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa with a non life-threatening injury, authorities said.
Demoss appeared in court with bruises on his nose and left eye. When asked about his address, Demoss said his previous address was in Kansas, but mumbled that he didn’t know his current address.
Virginia Rose Logan, 77, Demoss’ mother, was arrested on complaints of obstructing an officer and harboring a fugitive.
She was released on $12,500 bail.