Deputies found out when Ferris' wife arrived at the hospital and told them what really happened -- Ferris and Hicks shot each other while drinking on the back porch of Ferris' home, KFSM reported.
Ferris came clean to law enforcement, telling them he made the story up to keep Hicks out of trouble.
Ferris was wearing a bulletproof vest and asked Hicks to shoot him with a .22-caliber rifle. The vest worked, stopping the bullet, but the impact left a mark on his chest.
Then Hicks put on the vest, KHBS reported.
He said he was upset that being shot hurt, he unloaded the clip from his gun into Hicks' back, bruising him, according to KFSM.
Ferris told his wife he was OK after the shooting, but complained that it hurt so she told him to go to the hospital.
Ferris and HIcks were both arrested, charged with aggravated assault, which is a Class D felony, punishable by up to six years in prison and a $10,000 fine. They are both free on $5,000 bond and the neighbors were told not to have contact with each other by a judge, KHBS reported.