06/25/2012 03:06 pm ET Updated Jun 25, 2012

McKennon Wimberly, Bull Rider, Shot Hitchhiker He Claims Attacked Father With Beer, Texas Cops Say

A professional bull rider hailing from Cool, Texas allegedly shot a hitchhiker who he claims attacked his father with a case of beer.

John McKennon Wimberly, 24, was approached by a 35-year-old man outside of a truck stop on Wednesday afternoon, according to the Weatherford Democrat. The stranger, who later told police he had been drinking heavily prior the incident, asked Wimberly for a ride home.

Wimberly obliged, but when the two men got into an argument, Wimberly pulled over his vehicle at an intersection, Fox 4 reports. Wimberly's father, who had been driving behind his son, also pulled over.

The hitchhiker told officers that the father forced him out of the truck, which started a physical fight.

Wimberly then allegedly shot the hitchhiker in the calf with a .22 revolver. Wimberly said he did so because the hitchhiker had used a case of beer to strike his father, according to a press release from the Parker County Sheriff's office.

The victim was treated for his wounds and has been released from the hospital.

The Cool cowboy was arrested and charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was released from jail on Thursday on $100,000 bond.

[Hat tip: Fark]



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