Weekend shooting over drugs sends two to hospital

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Tammy Curtis

Staff Writer

A shooting incident at a Sharp County deer camp left two men injured, one seriously, after an argument Sept. 11.

According to an affidavit provided by the Sharp County Sheriff's office, Kevin Lee Dancer, 30, of Bono was charged with first degree battery, a Class B Felony following an argument that led to the shooting.

According to the report, on Sept. 11, Dancer, who was at deer camp on Stoney Road in rural Sharp County, confronted Joseph Harper with a Ruger 9mm handgun. The confrontation stemmed from Dancer alleging that Harper had stolen some of his hydrocodone from his vehicle. Harper told Det. Sgt. Ken Guidry that Dancer then punched him in the face while pointing the gun at him.

The report indicates that Harper then tried to calm Dancer and told him he did not take the pills. After punching him several more times, Harper asked Dancer to go outside with him to discuss the problem.

According to the report, Harper said once they got outside, he tackled Dancer to try to get the gun out of his hand. He said after finally getting the gun out of Dancer's hand, he then struck him in the head in an attempt to get him off of him. The report says, Harper said, Dancer then called his wife to retrieve a second weapon from a vehicle and she then gave Dancer the second handgun.

Harper told detectives he then ran and was shot in the back of his right arm, just above the elbow. He hid in the woods until police arrived.

Dancer was arrested at the scene and transported to the Fulton County Hospital for treatment of injuries received in the fight. Det. Sgt. Ken Guidry met with Dancer at the hospital.

Dancer waived his rights and spoke with Guidry at the hospital. His story varied from that of Harper's.

Dancer told Guidry he has a concealed weapon's license and had the Ruger holstered at his side. He said he found the medication was missing and confronted Harper who then attacked him, took his gun, struck him in the head and ran into the woods with the 9mm, at one point turning around and aiming it at him. Dancer said that is the reason he fired the second weapon, a Baretta 22 caliber pistol, at Harper.

The affidavit states, "Based on statements obtained in this incident, as well as physical evidence, the defendant was arrested and a complaint affidavit completed charging the defendant with battery in the first degree, a class B felony."

Harper underwent surgery to remove the bullet from his arm. The report further states that the injury indicated the victim was running away at the time of the shooting.

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  • Never been deer hunting but know many who have.

    Exactly what is the point of talking 2 high caliber hand guns deer hunting? Unless that deer is drinking from your coffee cup, hand guns are not weapon of choice for deer hunting.

    Even if you say it's nice to get in a little target practice with your handgun at a deer camp, my folks would NOT do it because it scares the deer off and making that deer camp/stand less attractive on future hunts. Just plain rude to other hunters too.

    I don't have a problem with someone 'pac'n heat' - but . . 2 high caliber hand guns AND a hydrocodone stash! Looks like a bigger picture coming into view!

    -- Posted by marshab52@yahoo.com on Mon, Sep 20, 2010, at 11:10 AM
  • I think you may be right on the bigger picture--However, I suspect that the hydrocodone was prescribed to the guy who got arrested, else there would have been some other excuse for the fight. I think it's about 50/50 whether he will go to trial.

    9mm is a medium caliber at best, .22 is about as low a caliber as you can get. Someone with a license (as I do) is pretty likely to carry a gun unless there is a specific reason NOT to carry one.

    -- Posted by sevesteen on Fri, Sep 24, 2010, at 8:48 AM
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