Father accused of teaching kids the dangers of guns by shooting them

Sometimes a little tough love goes a long way. At least that's what this Sargeant, Minn. man allegedly thought when he decided it would be wise to shoot his two children with a pellet gun to demonstrate the dangers of the firearm.

The man now faces felony charges of second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon, according to the Rochester Post-Bulletin. Maybe he also wanted to teach his children the consequences of shooting others.

Scott Engel, 40, allegedly shot his two children, both under the age of 12, with a compressed-air pellet gun a month ago. The gun fires plastic BBs.

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When a Mower County sheriff's detective spoke with him on Jan. 20, Engel admitted shooting one of the kids in the chest and the other in the stomach, the complaint says. Engel told the detective the kids wanted to know how it felt to be shot and, afterward, both said it hurt, according to the complaint. Engel, who reported one child had a small bruise from being shot, said he wanted the kids to learn that a compressed-air gun "can put somebody's eye out easily," the complaint says. "Sometimes the only way you learn is through the school of hard knocks," Engel allegedly said.