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Man with shotgun arrested

An argument over money led to a shooting incident that left one man behind bars last week, according to police reports.

Ralph L. Thornburg Jr., 56, of Clinton has been charged with aggravated assault, a Class D felony, after firing a double barrel shotgun at a residence at 1081 Highway 95 West last Tuesday, July 20, according to documents.

Clinton Police Officer Jennifer Miller arrived at the home along with Van Buren County sheriff’s Deputy Nick Maze and Arkansas State Police Trooper Taylor Elkins shortly after 5 p.m.

Miller said in her report she spotted a man walking out from behind a vehicle and yelled at him to come toward her keeping his hands in sight. She stated she did not see a weapon at that time. Maze and Elkins approached the man and ordered him to lie down, then placed him in handcuffs.

The man, identified as Thornburg, stated that they were “just target practicing” and “shooting up in the air,” Miller said in her report. She said she placed two more men in handcuffs and the officers entered the residence where they found a shotgun standing inside the doorway.

Gary Bebee, 58, the occupant of the house on Highway 95, told police he and Thornburg had been arguing over money owed for yard work. He said he was sitting on his couch watching television when Thornburg pulled up outside and pointed the shotgun at Beebe saying, “This is for you,” according to Miller’s report.

Beebe told police he ran into his room as Thornburg fired four rounds, Miller’s report said.

Thornburg was taken to the Van Buren County Detention Center.

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