Police: Man in dispute shot a bystander with a child present

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JONESBORO, Ark. – A man believed to have shot another man on Dec. 2 in Jonesboro knows the charges he will face and they’re all felonies.

Dontarius Le Garrett, known as “DonDon,” was in an altercation with another man on Dec. 2 on Cartwright Street in Jonesboro. After being knocked down, Garrett grabbed a gun and fired it at the man, the probable cause affidavit suggests. Another man came out from his nearby house, telling Garrett to stop shooting – that there were children around.

The report says Garrett aimed at him and began to fire, striking him in the leg. After leaving the scene in a black SUV, Garrett was pulled over by University Police with a felony traffic stop. The affidavit says the vehicle was occupied by Garrett, his fiance, Shona Callahan, and Jerome King, along with a young child.

The child was in the vehicle as the shooting was taking place, the affidavit states.

getphoto-4Officers located a 9mm handgun in the purse Callahan. While on the stop it was confirmed that Garrett was the one shooting at the victim, police said. When the three were taken to the police station for questioning, authorities said Callahan claimed she had the pistol because she had her concealed-carry permit. But the gun was found with only three bullets in the cartridge and they matched the types of shell casings found at the crime scene.

A witness also identified Garrett during a photo line-up, officers said.

He faces charges of aggravated assault and endangering the welfare of a minor in the first degree – both class D felonies punishable by up to six years in prison and up to a $10,000 fine each. He is also charged with first degree battery – a class B felony punishable by between five and 20 years and up to a $15,000 fine.

Garrett will be scheduled in court next at 8:30 a.m. on January 31. He was released from Craighead County Detention Center at 4:49 p.m. Monday afternoon, according to the jai inmate roster.

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