WATERTOWN — State police have lodged weapons charges against a Watertown man who tried to shoot a woodchuck, missed and hit a nearby structure instead at his town of Watertown home.

Richard E. Daniels, 43, was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon and misdemeanor fourth-degree criminal mischief.

The charges relate to an incident in which Mr. Daniels allegedly took a shot at a woodchuck by his house with a .22-caliber rifle, instead hitting the neighbor’s pole barn 216 feet away, according to the police news release.

It’s illegal to fire a weapon within 500 feet of a dwelling.

Because of 2001 felony convictions in Florida for, according to the Florida Department of Corrections offender release online lookup page, felony aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and robbery with a deadly weapon.

The state police news release said Mr. Daniels was not legally eligible to have the weapon, the release said.

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can't say he can't hit the broad side of a barn

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