By Matt Montgomery
Piedmont resident Phil Young was spending some time with his grandchildren Saturday night, on the porch of his home in north Piedmont, when shots rang out and bullets literally flew past his head, some landing in a house adjacent to his property.
According to Piedmont police reports, Piedmont police officer Jack Neumann responded to a call at 9:17 p.m. on Lake Dr. in regard to a complaint that a man was shooting a rifle in the vicinity of his and other homes.
Young told police dispatch a man was firing his rifle and his rounds were “Flying just over his head while in his yard.”
Officer Neumann wrote in his report, when he made it on scene, he heard a bullet hit the ground near him and a bullet went over his head.
Oklahoma City resident Sebastian Olejniczak was placed into investigative detention.
He told police officers he had indeed fired his .223 caliber assault rifle on the north side of a friend’s house and off the back porch into Falcon Lake.
After officer Neumann advised Olejniczak that several of his rounds ricocheted off the lake and into the area of several houses, he told the officer he, “Was unaware that the bullets would ricochet when fired into the water.”
Police officers found 49 spent .223 shell casing on the ground in the area he was shooting.
Upon search of his truck, officers found several weapons including an AK-47 assault rifle, and AR-15 assualt rifle with one live round in the chamber, a Romarm 9mm “uzi” style handgun, a Glock 9mm handgun and a Highpoint 9mm handgun in the center console.
He was arrested by Canadian County sheriff deputies Saturday night and placed into custody at the Canadian County Jail. He was charged with one count of reckless conduct with a firearm.
Young addressed the Piedmont city council Monday night and expressed his concerns that Olejniczak was only arrested on complaints of reckless conduct with a firearm and should be charged with much more.
Young had several questions for the council including, “Why wasn’t he charged with transport of a loaded weapon? Does he have a concealed carry permit? Does the property owner have any responsibility for this as they failed to provide for my safety?
The hearing of citizens section of the city council is a platform for citizens to only make comments, due to the Open Meetings Act, and because of that, the council can not open it up for debate. However, several council members and the mayor told Young they would follow up with Piedmont Police Chief Alex Oblein and try to resolve this issue.
Young said he would pursue additional charges with the district attorney’s office.