Man Arrested For Shooting Corncobs At Neighbor’s House With Homemade Gun

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Police in Westerly, Rhode Island are holding a 50-year-old man, who allegedly was shooting corncobs at this neighbor’s house with “a homemade potato gun.”

The incident occurred around 7 pm Wednesday.

According to The Westerly Sun, the man–Jeffrey M. Osella–began shooting the corncobs at his neighbor’s home “after a yelling match.” Police indicate that Osella “used a potato gun,” which is “a PVC pipe that propels objects with a light accelerant, such as hair spray.” Once the potato–or in this case, the corncob–is loaded into the pipe, the accelerant “can be ignited by a grill lighter” and BOOM!–the object blasts out of the pipe.

A witness told police that “Osella’s daughter was nearly hit by one of the corncobs while she was walking home.”

Interim Westerly Police Chief Shawn Lacey said Ossella and his neighbor have been arguing for roughly “13 years.” The neighbor recently put his home up for sale and told police “he was concerned that Osella’s behavior would cause damage and reduce the value of his property or hinder a sale.”

After speaking to the neighbor, police went to Osella’s house and “he came to the door shirtless with multiple corn kernels stuck to his chest.” Police said Osella “admitted firing the potato gun toward the neighbor’s home,” but contended that he did not fire at any cobs at his neighbor.

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