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Domestic violence call leads to firearms charge

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Officers responding to a report of domestic violence near Evening Shade discovered the perpetrator to be a convicted felon in possession of firearms.

According to an affidavit for warrant document prepared by the Sharp County Sheriff's Department, officers were called to 36 Old Highway 11 in Evening Shade on June 20 in reference to a domestic violence call.

The suspect, Harold Cook, 34, commented to Officer Mike Graddy that he would like to find his pistol so he could turn it over to his mother.

Graddy asked if he was a convicted felon, to which Cook did not answer. Cook was charged with third degree battery and arrested.

The next day, officers interviewed Cook's wife, who indicated that Cook keeps several firearms in the home, which were in a gun locker, with the key on his key ring.

She also confirmed his ownership of the pistol he was looking for, telling them she had hidden it, so it would not be used against her.

Cook turned his keys over to his mother after his arrest. A search warrant was obtained and served on the residence, where officers with the Sharp County Sheriff's Department recovered and inventoried a gun locker, ammunition, as well as the revolver Cook was looking for the night of his arrest.

Cook's mother was requested by authorities to come to the sheriff's department with the key to open the gun locker. After arriving at the department with the key, Cook's mother indicated all the guns belonged to her. Seven additional firearms contained within the safe were placed into evidence.

Sharp County Det. Sgt. Ken Guidry's report indicates Cook had shot at one of his previous spouses during a domestic altercation in the past.

Cook was arrested in Piggott in 2000 and found guilty of a felony, creating the required evidence to charge Cook with the Class D felony of possession of a firearm by a certain person.

Cook's bond was set at $2,500 cash.

He is currently awaiting his initial court appearance.

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