Three teen boys got the scare of their lives Thursday night as they drove their four-wheelers down Ridge Boulevard near DeLand. When they passed by a home in the 600 block a man pointed a gun at them and fired one shot. No one was struck or hurt and the teens sped away to a friend’s house to report the incident. Responding deputies arrested Paul Smith, 50, charging him with three counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
The teens – two are 16 and one is 15 – had finished driving their four-wheelers on a trail and then headed down Ridge Boulevard at about 11 p.m. When they passed 620 Ridge Blvd. they saw a man dressed in camouflage pants and a black shirt standing against a fence. Without warning, the man pulled out a silver revolver, pointed it at the trio and fired one shot. The boys immediately went to a friend’s house to report the incident. Smith had apparently been irritated with the boys for riding by his house on their four-wheelers before, according to the teens. But in the past he had only yelled and cursed at them.
Deputies found Smith at his home at 2550 Lake Ruby Road, which abuts 620 Ridge Blvd. Initially, Smith claimed he was asleep the whole time. But later he admitted to confronting the teens by just yelling at them. Then his story changed again to him pointing a finger at the boys when a firecracker had gone off somewhere nearby at the same time. Smith was arrested without incident and transported to the Volusia County Branch Jail in Daytona Beach.