The evening ended in the suspect being transported by air ambulance for injuries sustained in his attempt to shoot another man.
According to an affidavit for arrest, Mark E. Wrench of Wirth, became angry at his estranged wife, Julia Wrench, for borrowing a vehicle from Ron Biggs, also of Wirth.
Mrs. Wrench told Sharp County Det. Sgt. Ken Guidry that her husband came to her home with a loaded shotgun and pointed it at her and her autistic son, threatening to kill them both.
He then hit Wrench several times with the butt of the shotgun.
When he accused her of cheating on him with Biggs, he attacked her again, causing serious head injuries. After firing the shotgun in the air, Wrench left the residence and then went to the Biggs residence on Wirth Road.
Biggs told the detective he met Wrench at the door. Wrench pulled the shotgun and aimed it at Biggs' face.
Biggs then knocked the gun out of Wrench's hands and began punching him in the face, causing him to fall, before he called Central Dispatch to report the incident.
Biggs also admitted to kicking Wrench when he attempted to get up.
The defendant was stabilized and taken to the Wirth Volunteer Fire Department to meet an Air Evac flight, where he was later flown to Jonesboro as a result of his injuries.
The affidavit states Wrench was clearly the instigator in the incident and Biggs acted in self defense, after being in fear of his life.
Charges of first degree domestic battery, a Class A felony, aggravated assault, a Class D felony and three counts of possession of a firearm by a certain person, a Class B felony (stemming from a 1976 Illinois robbery) have been filed against Mark Wrench.
Wrench had not been served the arrest warrant at press time due to his injuries and subsequent hospitalization.