A Pierce City man is being held in the Lawrence County Jail for first degree assault and armed criminal action following a shooting in Mt. Vernon on Saturday.
According to a release from Lawrence County Sheriff Brad DeLay, Dennis H. Webb, 56, of Pierce City, was taken into custody following a report of a shooting at a Mt. Vernon residence at 6:30 a.m. Sheriff's deputies and Mt. Vernon police responding to the scene located the victim, who had been shot in the arm.
The victim and a witness identified Webb as the shooter and said he had fled into a wooded area near the residence.
A manhunt ensued. A subsequent phone call tipped officers that the suspect was possibly at the residence of his father in the 600 block of North Myrtle Street in Pierce City.
Monett police, deputies and Highway Patrol officers converged on the scene, along with Pierce City officers. A Highway Patrol helicopter was used in the search circled overhead.
Pierce City Police Chief Mike Abramovitz went into the house and made the arrest without incident.
"I know him," Abramovitz told The Times. "I felt since he knew me I could deal with him better."
Webb was charged with first degree assault and armed criminal action. He is currently held in the Lawrence County Jail in lieu of $150,000 bond.
The victim, William Rattles, 52, of Vernon, was transported to a Springfield hospital for treatment of non-life threatening injuries and was later released.