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Pro bull rider charged with shooting hitchhiker

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A professional cowboy from the town of Cool in Parker County was arrested last week for allegedly shooting a hitchhiker during a fight.

John Mckennon Wimberly, who goes by his middle name, is charged with aggravated assault causing serious bodily injury.

According to the an arrest warrant affidavit, Wimberly admitted to shooting 35-year-old Cody Bratcher.

Bratcher said he had approached Wimberly at the Pilot Truck Stop and asked him for a ride to his Weatherford home.

Bratcher and Wimberly allegedly began arguing during the journey, and Wimberly pulled his truck over at an intersection. Wimberly's father, traveling in a separate truck, pulled up behind them and got out.

Bratcher told deputies the two Wimberly men forcefully removed him from the truck and he started fighting with the older man until he heard a "pop" and realized he'd been shot in the calf with a .22-caliber revolver.

But McKennon Wimberly said the hitchhiker, who admitted he had been drinking heavily, refused to get out of the truck despite repeated requests. Wimberly said he shot the man because he attacked his father with a case of beer.

Wimberly was arrested on Wednesday and was released Thursday from the Parker County Jail on $10,000 bond.

Bratcher was treated and released from a hospital.

McKennon Wimberly has recently returned to bull riding after a nearly fatal accident in 2011 in California that left him in a coma.

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