Baxter County, Mo. -- (3/8/2018) The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office was called to investigate a shooting incident that took place Wednesday afternoon.
Just after 4 p.m., officers were notified that a man who had sustained a gunshot wound to his neck was being transported to Baxter Regional Medical Center in Mountain Home by private vehicle. The incident was said to have occurred at a residence on Baxter CR 1101, east of Mountain Home.
Deputies responded to both the Hospital ER to make contact with the man who had been shot and also to the house on Baxter CR 1101 to make contact with the person who discharged the weapon. Initial indications from the preliminary investigation were that the 58-year-old male victim, identified as Brian S. Hand of Baxter County, had gone to the residence in question and was knocking on the front door. An altercation had taken place the prior evening at the same residence, and Hand was told not to come back.
The homeowner, 65-year-old Arthur Macleod, and his wife instructed Hand to leave the property, but he refused to leave and began making threats against them. As Macleod began to close the door, Hand placed his foot in the doorway to keep the door from closing. Macleod then retrieved a .22 caliber rifle, which he said he thought was unloaded, to convince Hand to leave the property. Hand then backed out into the yard, with Macleod following. According to Macleod, the rifle accidentally discharged, and one round struck Hand in the neck. Hand then left the property and walked to a neighbor’s house. He was taken from there to the hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.
Sheriff’s Investigators met with the Deputy Prosecuting Attorney on Thursday to determine what charges, if any, would be filed against Macleod. At the conclusion of that meeting, and after reviewing evidence and formal statements provided by all the parties involved, it was decided that no criminal charges will be filed in the matter.