JULIAN – A man suffered injuries to his face and neck when he was shot with a rifle by his uncle during an argument on Wednesday afternoon.

Eric Stephen Hayes, 40 of Ridgeview was charged with malicious wounding, wanton endangerment and possession with intent to deliver methamphetamine in an incident that saw Hunter Gillispie suffer the injuries.

According to an incident report prepared by Deputy Daniel Cottrell with the Boone County Sheriff’s Office, officers responded to a call of shots fired at 219 Betsy Lane in Julian.

The report states that officers found Hayes standing in the driveway of the residence and Gillispie lying on the ground near the garage.

The report noted that Gillispie told officers that his uncle had shot him with a .22 caliber rifle and was bleeding from his neck and chin area. He also stated that an argument had ensued after Gillispie told Hayes not to shoot the gun earlier but Hayes shot the gun anyway. That is when Hayes turned the gun on Gillispie and shot.

One witness told officers that she saw Hayes standing inside the garage holding a hammer with Gillispie. The witness stated that Hayes took a gun out of his car and chased her with it. The report states that Gillispie yelled at Hayes and that is when he fired the shot at Gillispie. The witness told officers that this is when Hayes placed the gun in the trunk of his red Toyota car.

The report states that additional witnesses were interviewed regarding the incident and moments leading up to the shot being fired.

An officer on the scene found a .22 caliber bullet in the driveway along with a shell casing. A search of Hayes found $211 in cash and a bag of white substance that officers believed to be methamphetamine.

Hayes was arraigned on Thursday morning and is held in the Southwestern Regional Jail on a $150,000 property/surety bond.

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