A Cave City man has been charged with second degree murder after he shot and killed another man during a dispute.
According to the report from the Sharp County Sheriff's Office, Christopher Ryan Eagan, 29, said he and others were drinking and having fun when Brittany Ryan accidentally punched him in the nose. The victim, Vernon J.W. Humphries, became angry over this incident and shoved Eagan.
Eagan's mother stepped in and tried to stop the altercation from progressing and Humphries left the room and began to pack his belongings. The affidavit stated that Eagan said Humphries got in his face again then went after his AR rifle.
Eagan admitted to the officers that he knew Humphries had a history of violence so he had already retrieved his pistol and had it in his pants. According to the affidavit, Eagan said when Humphries went after his rifle his wife tried to stop him. Humphries pushed her and that is when Eagan shot him.
When officers and medical personnel arrived at the scene they discovered that Humphries had been shot in the left side of the chest. The statement said medical personnel began first aid on Humphries immediately after arriving but he was pronounced dead at White River Medical Center in Batesville.
The affidavit stated that Eagan admitted to officers that he shot Humphries with his "40," he told officers he shot him defending his family. But, when officers asked Eagan if there were any other males at the residence that could have helped control Humphries, Eagan chose to stop the interview.
All of the witnesses to the shooting were taken to the Sharp County Jail for questioning and according to the affidavit they all agreed that Humphries had violent tendencies.
It was stated in the affidavit that based on the differing accounts from the witnesses, Humphries' ability to obtain a weapon, which would have made it necessary for Eagan to use deadly force, was not there. It also said that Eagan did not exercise his ability to contact the police to take care of the dispute. "All options available to the defendant (Eagan) and his associates were not utilized, making the option of deadly force unjustifiable," according to the report.
Eagan is charged with second degree murder with a firearm, this is a class A felony. At this time he has not appeared in front of a judge.