Chris John Fernandez

Peacock shot at riding stable

Sevierville, TN

July 27, 2006

Chris John Fernandez, 18, of 744 Smoky Mountain View, was arrested and charged with unlawful possession of a weapon and reckless endangerment after he allegedly shot and killed a peacock at Lil’ Ponderosa Ridging Stables located at Little Cove Road.

A witness at the ranch notified the Sheriff of the incident and provided the color, make of vehicle and State plate tag.  Pigeon Forge police stopped the vehicle shortly after the incident and detained them until Sheriff Deputies arrived.  Upon questioning the occupants, Deputies were able to determine that Fernandez had fired the shot that killed the Peacock. They found a .38-caliber Taurus revolver in the vehicle. 

Fernandez was booked at the Sevier County Jail and released on $5,000 bond.  The stable owner maintains a right to charge Fernandez with vandalism for killing the bird.


The Mountain Press