A Waterville man is in custody following an incident where he allegedly shot another man in the eye with a BB gun.

According to the Kennebec Journal, 21-year-old Cody Dutton on Waterville, was taken into custody on Tuesday after an encounter earlier in the week that left a Waterville pedestrian's eye significantly injured.

Police say the 21-year-old shot the pedestrian in the face on Saturday while the man, 38-years-old, was walking with a group of friends in the area of North and Main streets in Waterville. Witnesses indicated the BB gun had been fired from a vehicle.

According to Waterville's Deputy Police Chief, Bill Bonney,

“We cleared several criminal mischief cases along with the elevated aggravated assault. The patrol and detective division worked tirelessly to bring this case to a close, because it was such an interest to public safety. To wrap it up as quickly as they did is really a testament to their police work.”

Dutton was charged with Elevated Aggravated Assault, and could still face even more charges as police believe he may also be responsible for several windows that were shot out the previous week around Waterville.

Dutton faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted on the charges. Police say there were several other people in the car with Dutton at the time of the shooting and haven't announced whether or not they will be charged in the case, too.

The victim was taken by ambulance to Waterville's Thayer Hospital for treatment. Police said the injuries to the man's eye were extensive and don't currently have any information on his prognosis moving forward.

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