"Annoying Light" May Have Lead to Shooting of 4-Year-Old

By Scott Sarvay
By John W. Davis

July 27, 2011 Updated Jul 27, 2011 at 5:11 PM EST

WELLS COUNTY, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - He was annoyed by a light. So he peered through the scope of his rifle and fired.

That's what police say happened, when 46-year-old Bruce Pond, allegedly shot and killed four-year-old Jacob Michuda, Friday night.

According to court documents, Bruce Pond was drinking beer, out back that night.

Officers said a light off in the distance was bothering Pond, so he went inside his mother's home, got his rifle and fired in the general direction of the light.

Investigators say Pond denied the shooting but later admitted to firing two shots.

Meanwhile, at first detectives could not find Pond's 22 caliber rifle.

However, officers eventually found in hidden in a nearby field.

After Pond was arrested, he told police he was so shook up about the shooting he threw up 19 times that day.

Pond was charged with reckless homicide and possession of a firearm on Monday.

If convicted, Pond faces a nine-year prison sentence.

Pond told police to tell Jake's family that he did not mean to shoot the little boy.

Jake Michuda was catfishing with his father, that night.

His funeral was held Wednesday morning.




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