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Man shot during fight with brother

Thursday, June 17, 2004

Staff Writer

A Smithville man was injured from shrapnel after his brother fired a shotgun in a home near Smithville June 10.

Dwight Adam Simmons, 25, was taken to White River Medical Center for treatment of a small C-shaped puncture wound on his abdomen. He was treated and released.

Shawn Simmons, 22, was charged with 1st degree assault, a class A misdemeanor, after he admitted to the shooting.

Around 9:20 p.m. officers received a call from a female that a shot had been fired in a home and someone had been hurt, Sharp County Detective Ken Guidry said.

Cpl. Wendall Jines of the Arkansas State Police responded to an empty trailer where the accident had taken place. A blood trail led off the front steps of the trailer, Guidry said.

Sharp County reserve deputy Dwayne Engle soon arrived in the area and found Shawn Simmons walking along the road. Shawn Simmons admitted he had shot his brother, Guidry said. He was placed in custody.

Sheriff Dale Weaver and deputy Mark Counts arrived soon after. Officers went next door and found Dwight Simmons and Michelle Thompson, who lives with Dwight Simmons with a small child.

Thompson told officers Shawn Simmons had been drinking beer and using foul language. She said she had asked him to leave the home. An argument ensued and Shawn Simmons fired a shotgun in a gun rack in a bedroom.

After the shot was fired the brothers then went outside and began fighting. During the fight Dwight Simmons realized he had been shot, Detective John Qualls said.

Thompson said after the fight Dwight Simmons came back into the home and unplugged the phones and told her not to call police because he didn't want to get his brother in trouble, Guidry said.

Officers found the shotgun, a Remington 870 Express Magnum 12-gauge pump, still in the rack. The shot struck a quiver of arrows. Parts of razored broadhead arrows were found embedded in the wall near the blast along with shrapnel from the gun, Guidry said.

A class A misdemeanor is punishable by up to one year in the county jail and up to a $1,000 fine, Chief Deputy Joe Stidman said.

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