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Night of drinking turns violent

Friday, August 24, 2012

A night of drinking led to the shotgun shooting of  a Sulphur Rock man on Saturday, Aug. 11, near Evening Shade.

According to an arrest affidavit from the Sharp County Sheriff's Department, Caleb James Cook, 28, of Evening Shade was charged with felony first degree battery in the incident.

Officers from Evening Shade and the Sharp County Sheriff's Department responded to the shooting, which had occurred in the early morning hours of Aug. 11 on Jacks Schoolhouse Road, at the home of Cook.

The victim's father advised officers his son, Josh Lindhurst, had been shot. Upon arrival, the victim was found laying on the couch at the home, near Veteran's Drive, in Evening Shade.

Lindhurst was taken to White River Medical Center in Batesville with a gun shot wound to his abdomen.

Officers were told the shooting took place at Cook's home, and went there to investigate and attempt to locate Cook. They were met by Kenneth McCollum, father of Kerrie Arnold, a female who had been in the home at the time of the shooting.

McCollum advised officers that he had gotten his daughter and her children out of the home after the shooting, and Arnold told them Cook was asleep in a recliner in the home.

Officers entered the home and arrested Cook.

Sharp County Detective Dale Weaver took a loaded 410 shotgun that was in Cook's truck as evidence.

Arnold told officers that, earlier on the evening of Aug. 10, she had received a call from Lindhurst, who was a long time aquaintence. She left her children with  Cook, while she went to meet Lindhurst at the VFW parking lot.

Later, Lindhurst followed Arnold to Cook's residence, where the two men began drinking, despite Arnold's urging for Lindhurst not to give Cook liquor because, "he doesn't handle it well."

The men were visiting outside when Arnold told officers she went into the home around midnight. After waking up around 6 a.m., she noticed both Cook and Lindhurst and their vehicles were gone.

Cook told officers Lindhurst had come to his home and stayed to drink until the early morning hours, when the two had disagreements and Cook said he asked Lindhurst to leave. When Lindhurst did not comply, Cook told Weaver that he got his shotgun and shot him.

Cook said he thought he hit him with the second of three shots he fired, stating he did not intend to kill Lindhurst, which was the reason he shot him in the stomach area.

Cook then reloaded his shotgun and drove in his truck to see if Lindhurst, who had left the scene, was okay. Cook told officers the spent shotgun shells were in his yard by where he had shot Lindhurst.

Weaver stated in his affidavit that Cook had driven to the nearby home of Denny and Sherri Slade and advised them of the shooting.

A spokesperson from the White River Medical Center told the investigator Lindhurst was in serious condition.

He had undergone three surgeries for damage to his small intestines and colon, and would have to have future surgeries for his injuries.

Cook is being held in the Sharp County Detention Center.

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