Man arrested for Greene County shooting

Greene County authorities have arrested a man that is alleged to have shot another with an AR-15.

On Friday, Sept. 17, two officers from the Greene County Sheriffs Department received information that a wanted man, Colton Hardin, was seen back in the Finch area. The two officers confirmed the information was correct and Hardin was spotted hiding in a wooded area in the Finch community, according to a release. Multiple agencies were called in to assist.

I would like to thank the Greene County Sheriffs Department SRT team, Arkansas State Police, Craighead County SRT team, Paragould Police Department, Paragould Street Crimes Unit, ACC SRT team, ACC K9 Unit out of Calico Rock, 911 Director for setting up the command center, and Pastor Marty Ezell of Finch Baptist Church for letting us set up a command post at his church parking lot. With everyone working together Colton Hardin was arrested and booked in to the Greene County Jail.

Sheriff Steve Franks via Facebook

Around 4:45 pm on Monday, authorities received a 911 call of a shooting on county road 716. After the shooting, the suspect reportedly ran from the residence into a wooded area off 716 road. Several departments helped in the search for the shooter, including the Greene County Sheriff Department, Arkansas State Police, Arkansas Highway Police, Craighead County Sheriff Department, Paragould K9 unit and Jonesboro Police Department.

A release from the Greene County sheriff said during the investigation, it was learned that Hardin, 34, of the Finch area had been in an argument with another man about a missing gun. Police believe Hardin was looking for the weapon. During the argument, the other person was said to have told Hardin he didn’t know anything about the other gun.

The sheriff said at that time, Hardin pulled an AR-15 and fired several rounds striking that person in the right leg. He was transported to a hospital in Jonesboro.

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