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Brockwell man charged in Izard County shooting

Thursday, March 3, 2005

Staff Writer

A Brockwell man was apprehended Feb. 23 hours after he allegedly shot and wounded a man in Brockwell.

Jimmy Dale Collins, 49, has been charged with aggravated assault, a class D felony; and possession of a firearm by a certain person, a class B felony.

According to an affidavit released by the Izard County Clerk's Office, Collins shot 27-year-old Michael Miller once in the leg and once in the forearm with a .22-caliber Hornet.

Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said Collins was apprehended underneath the Strawberry River Bridge on Highway 354 between Oxford and Wiseman.

Collins' vehicle, a white Jeep, was found near the bridge just prior to the arrest, Lawrence said.

He said Miller's injuries were not serious. Miller was treated at the scene by AET paramedics and first responders.

"The victim had an open wound to his left forearm, approximately 2 inches in length, and another on his lower right leg," investigator James Humphries said.

Humphries, with the Izard County Sheriff's Office, said Collins shot Miller after an altercation in Wendall Collins' yard.

Wendall Collins is Collins' brother.

Humphries said Collins told him that Miller assaulted him and Miller's girlfriend, Bethany Sims, the night before the shooting.

Miller returned the next morning to talk to Sims, but a few minutes into their conversation Collins came out of the house with a gun, Humphries said.

Collins admitted to shooting at Miller, according to the affidavit.

He said Miller told him he attempted to leave in his car, but his vehicle got stuck in the mud. Miller ran from his car to a neighbor's house seeking help, Humphries said.

Investigators found a bullet hole at the bottom of the driver's side door.

"It appears that one of the bullets passed through the door before it hit Mr. Miller," Lawrence said.

The .22 caliber Hornet would have to be reloaded to shoot Miller twice, Humphries said.

Collins is being held in the Izard County Detention Center. His bond has been set at $25,000.

Lawrence said Collins is a convicted felon on probation. Collins was previously convicted of felony possession of methamphetamine and battery in the first degree, also a felony, according to the Izard County Clerk's Office.

Collins is slated to appear in court in March.

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