Cops: Grandpa shoots at granddaughter’s friends

Bill Bicknell faces assault charges for shooting a teens invited by his granddaughter who were climbing out the window of his house in Battle Ground, May 11, 2014 (Clark County Sheriff's Office)
Bill Bicknell faces assault charges for shooting a teens invited by his granddaughter who were climbing out the window of his house in Battle Ground, May 11, 2014 (Clark County Sheriff's Office)

BATTLE GROUND, Wash. (KOIN) — A grandfather faces first-degree assault charges after firing shots inside his house when he thought he heard intruders. Instead, they were friends of his granddaughter.

Bill Bicknell told Clark County deputies he fired a shotgun trying to scare off a youth who was climbing out of a window of his home in the 17400 block of NE 280th Street near Heisson.

He said he fired the gun around 1 a.m. Sunday.

Bicknell’s 15-year-old granddaughter lives with him, and deputies learned she invited other teens inside. When they heard the grandfather coming, they jumped out of the upper story window.

All but one of the teens was found quickly. But since one teen wasn’t found, deputies began a search and called in major crime detectives.

The other teen was found safe a few hours later. No one was hurt.

But because of the severity of the incident, Bicknell, 67, was arrested and taken to the Clark County Jail.

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