Man Arrested for ‘Shooting’ At Camp Shelby Says It Was His Truck Backfiring, Not Gunfire

Authorities have arrested the man they say fired random shots at Camp Shelby in Mississippi. But he says he never fired a shot and that the noise was his junk-pile truck backfiring as he drove by the military installation. And some evidence might tend to prove he is telling the truth.

The supposed “gun fire” occurred outside Camp Shelby on both Tuesday and Wednesday. But… was it gun fire? The guy “responsible” says no.

Soldiers participating in a training exercise on a Mississippi military base heard it Tuesday and Wednesday — noises they believed were gunshots around the fringes of Camp Shelby.

On edge after a gunman attacked military members in Chattanooga, Tennessee, authorities began looking for a maroon pickup truck that the soldiers described from the Tuesday incident. They found it late Wednesday morning when Alfred Baria Sr. drove past officers on a state highway just south of New Augusta.

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The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation took him into custody at gunpoint, with officials calling a bomb squad into sparsely populated Perry County east of Hattiesburg to investigate plastic pipes and other items they found in the truck.

But the 61-year-old Baria told authorities that it wasn’t gunshots at all, just the backfiring of his battered Isuzu. That’s a story backed up by his son in an interview Wednesday evening with The Associated Press. Alfred Baria Jr. said his dad’s pickup backfires loudly every time someone shifts gears and steps on the gas.

So, false alarm? What do you think?

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