Sheriff’s Capt. Chuck Howard did not identify the man but said deputies had been to his house four times between 5:45 p.m. Friday and 12:36 a.m. Nov. 10. Sgt. Tom Dodson and Deputy T.C. Thompson had finished talking to him and sent him back in the house when, seconds later, a shot was fired through a window of the home located along U.S. 50. The round sent both deputies scrambling for cover behind their vehicles. Howard said deputies were about 20 feet from the window when the shot was fired. Neither was struck.
“Some of his stories have been inflated,” said Howard. Deputies responded to calls at the man’s residence for reports of ATVs driving through his yard and people standing in his yard.
“He does take medication,” said Howard. “He told deputies ‘my medicine’s not quite right.’ He told them ‘I’m having a medication issue.’ None of it’s intentional.”
Howard said the man voluntary surrendered “several handguns and assorted long guns” and “did end up going with EMS to Missouri Baptist” in Sullivan for an evaluation. “It could have been disastrous.”
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