A previously convicted felon was charged Monday after an investigation into a recent altercation revealed he was the aggressor in the incident and was also illegally in possession of a firearm.
James William Kirk was charged with three felonies including second degree battery, terroristic threatening and possession of a firearm by certain persons, according to a news release from the Baxter County sheriff's office.
The release stated deputies were called the the scene of a physical altercation between two men on Friday at a residence located at 32 Canvasback Drive just outside of Mountain Home on Friday. Both men involved, Kirk and Gregory Milo High were treated for injuries — High was reportedly hit with several weapons, while Kirk was shot in the left leg — and interviewed by authorities.
After all information was gathered, it was determined that Kirk had attacked High and had called High's spouse three times prior to the incident, telling her that he intended to kill High. During the fight, Kirk struck High multiple times with a 24-inch wrench and a jack handle before High shot Kirk in the leg with a 9-millimeter handgun after warning him to "drop the weapon," according to the report.
Kirk had also fired a 12-gauge shotgun for an unknown reason before the incident, the report states. Kirk later told deputies that he fired the weapon because he "heard a noise" according the authorities. A criminal database search revealed Kirk was a felon and therefore was not authorized to carry the gun.
Kirk was already in custody on charges of misdemeanor criminal trespassing stemming from an incident on Oct. 12. He is currently being held in lieu of $25,000 bond and is due in Baxter County Circuit Court on Oct. 17.