Weekend shooting over drugs sends two to hospital
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.