A Potosi man faces several charges after firing several shots at someone he believed to be stealing from his property, according to a probable cause statement obtained from the Washington County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office.

The report states that Scotty Gene Blair, 35, of rural Potosi, was told that somebody was on his property on the evening of Aug. 5. Blair retrieved a Marlin .22 caliber rifle from inside his home and went to investigate.

A 17-year-old male had stopped his vehicle on Highway 185 to check on a vehicle that had just been involved in an accident. Blair allegedly shouted at the motorist and asked him why he was stealing from his property, then fired a shot in his direction.

The 17-year-old male dove to the ground and tried explaining to Blair why he was there. Blair continued shouting and fired three more shots before telling the teen to get out of the area.

Blair is charged with one class B felony count of unlawful use of a weapon, one felony count of armed criminal action, one class E felony count of unlawful use of a weapon, and one class B misdemeanor count of unlawful use of a weapon.

Blair has been released on $70,000 bond and is scheduled to appear in court for a bond appearance hearing on Aug. 22.

Jacob Scott is a reporter with the Daily Journal. He can be reached at 573-518-3616 or at jscott@dailyjournalonline.com.

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