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IC Sheriff investigates shooting

Thursday, November 6, 2008

The Izard County Sheriff's Department and the Arkansas State Police are investigating a shooting that happened Oct. 30 at around 5 p.m. at a residence in Iuka about .3 miles south of the Baxter-Izard County line, Izard County Sheriff Tate Lawrence said.

The shooting occurred when Ronald Griffen, 52, and Wilma Griffen, 48, both of Dolph, arrived at Leon Smith's, 68, residence. According to Sheriff Lawrence, an argument broke out between the three that resulted in Wilma Griffen being assaulted and Ronald Griffen being shot in the abdomen.

When police arrived, Smith resisted arrest and was transported to Calico Rock Medical Center to be treated for his injuries sustained in resisting. He was then released and taken to the Izard County Detention Facility.

Ronald Griffen was taken to Calico Rock Medical Center to be treated for his injuries, and Wilma Griffen was taken to Baxter Regional Medical Center where she was later transported to St. John's Hospital in Springfield, Mo., due to her head injuries. She remains in intensive care.

Sheriff Lawrence said it's believed that a .44 magnum was used in the shooting.

Trooper Todd Shaw with the Arkansas State Police and Investigator Charlie Melton with the Izard County Sheriff's Department are investigating the incident.

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