A man has been bound to the grand jury on three reckless endangerment counts after he allegedly opened fire on coon hunters who were on his property.
The suspect, Timothy C. Hollandsworth, 51, was bound to the grand jury by Judge Bill Locke on three counts of reckless endangerment. Since a deadly weapon was used in the alleged crime, he faces Class E felonies which carry one to two years on each count.
He faces the charges after he reportedly opened fire on three coon hunters who said they were on his property looking for their dogs. According to the coon hunters’ statement to deputies, they were among a group of eight hunters.
“Their dogs had gotten away from them,” explained reporting deputy Jared Jacobs. “They could hear their dogs barking and they were trying to catch up to them.”
Jacobs said the dogs were behind Hollandsworth’s home on Wood Road.
“He came out of his residence yelling and screaming and fired a shotgun two times in the direction of the three victims,” Jacobs said. “They said he threatened to kill them and their dogs.”
Jacobs responded to the call and went to the suspect’s residence to question him. It was at that time he suspected Hollandsworth had been drinking.
“I could smell a strong odor of intoxicant on his person and he was very unsteady on his feet and had slurred speech,” Jacobs revealed.
The deputy went on to find a plastic bag with a green leafy substance believed to be marijuana and additional marijuana in the suspect’s truck.
The court ordered the gun used in the alleged crime could be returned to the defendant’s family, but he is not to have control of it pending his court date.