The Palmyra Police Chief publicly accused of either shooting his neighbor with a BB gun or being involved with the assault is defending himself after a special prosecutor did not file charges against him.

The Palmyra Police Chief publicly accused of either shooting his neighbor with a BB gun or being involved with the assault is defending himself after a special prosecutor did not file charges against him.

Eddie Bogue issued a statement regarding the July 5 incident during which Marion County Coordinator Teya Stice was injured and her home was damaged.

Bogue said he was advised by his legal counsel not to comment about the incident until a family protection order filed by Stice against him, his wife and children had been heard on Wednesday, July 26. Bogue said in his rebuttal he wished to share his side of what occurred that evening because he felt the Stices attempted to damage his reputation through criminal charges and civil injunctions.

Stice’s husband, Randall, brought the issue up during a Palmyra City Council meeting in July, although the dispute was not within city limits. Stice called into question Bogue’s ability to fairly represent the city of Palmyra in his capacity as police chief because of the incident.

In his four-page rebuttal provided to the Courier-Post, Bogue said that after Teya Stice was shot and a BB hit her home, a Marion County Sheriff’s deputy retrieved a BB rifle from his foster son’s room, noting “it became fairly obvious how Teya Stice may have received the wound on her shoulder.” The Marion County Sheriff’s Department turned the investigation over the Missouri State Highway Patrol. The case was then handed over the Marion County Juvenile Justice authorities, Bogue said.

During the evening of July 5, Stice’s son and friend were shooting fireworks outside. According to the Stices, Teya Stice reported that Bogue stood on the porch and yelled something toward their home as the fireworks were going off. Bogue said he was not outside that evening and that he had not been in contact with members of the Stice family since Saturday, March 4.

The teens at the Stice home moved from the front yard to the back yard, away from the Bogue home, to continue shooting fireworks. When a large firework went off, Stice felt a pain near her shoulder blade. Stice’s daughter inspected the wound, and they heard a second BB strike the home and damage the siding, she said. At the time, Teya Stice said no lights were on in the Bogue home, and no one was seen shooting or holding a BB gun.

Bogue said he was in his living room throughout the evening with his wife and daughter, and he stressed he and his wife were not upset about the fireworks being shot at the Stice home, as a report made to the Marion County Sheriff’s Department said.

“The Stice family indicated I was upset over them shooting fireworks on the evening of July 5, 2017,” Bogue said. “This is not the case at all. I know the laws on fireworks and know there are no restrictions for shooting fireworks in the county. Many residents in the neighborhood had been shooting fireworks off all week.”

Instead, Bogue alleges the animosity between the neighbors stems from an issue months earlier.

Bogue said prior to March 4, he was in contact with Teya Stice regarding a 50-foot tower that a cable provider was planning to install on his property. Stice said when she approached Bogue about rezoning his land as commercial, she “was just trying to do her job,” because county law requires the change when a tower is constructed.

“I didn’t know it was a 50-foot antenna,” Stice said. “If I knew that, I wouldn’t have pursued the issue.”

She acknowledged she told Bogue that she wanted a tower on her land, but she stressed that she was saying it in a joking manner, “because at the time we were friends.”

In Bogue’s rebuttal, he said he received a series of texts from Stice about the rezoning, which was eventually resolved by the internet provider paying a $5 fee during a Marion County Commission meeting. Bogue said Stice’s husband, Randall, sent texts “about what a bad neighbor I was” regarding damage from a truck driving through his alfalfa field and a piece of concrete left behind from the tower installation.

Stice said she wished for an apology from either Bogue or his stepson following the incident. She said the ordeal is “something I have to deal with every day.”

“Emotionally, it’s been exhausting for me, my husband and my kids,” she said. “They have to go to school and hear the comments and defend their mother. I don’t feel safe in my home.”

Bogue said he received negative Facebook posts, including one from Randall Stice “inferring [Bogue] was the one who shot his wife with a BB gun,” which was shared 78 times and generated 97 comments. He said he believes the March tower dispute was the reason the Stices filed for the protection report and initially pursued charges against him. Bogue said he wanted to be remembered as the police chief who led efforts to build a new police station, conducted a local survey about the relationship between the police and other members of the community and treated everyone he encountered fairly.

“It is not my intention to fuel the fire or air a neighborhood dispute in the public,” Bogue said, “but I feel after the Stices made every attempt to have me criminally charged, face civil injunctions, damage my character, integrity and reputation as a public servant — I feel the public has the right to know the truth and make their own judgements concerning this incident after hearing the other side of the story.”

The case was turned over to Monroe County Prosecuting Attorney Talley Kendrick for review. She declined to file charges against Bogue.

Reach reporter Trevor McDonald at trevor.mcdonald@courierpost.com