Man charged with discharging a firearm at children

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

A Monett man has been charged with discharging a firearm at children who were playing in a backyard on Farm Road 1057 on Monday, Aug. 26.

Troy Hinkle, 35, of Monett, was arrested and charged with discharging a firearm from inside a vehicle.

According to Barry County Sheriff Mick Epperly, the incident occurred at approximately 5:52 p.m. when deputies received a complaint from the parents of the children.

According to a press release from the Barry County Sheriff's Office, the parents were inside of the residence when they heard what sounded like gunshots behind their home.

They reported seeing an older model maroon station wagon turning north onto Farm Road 1057 from Farm Road 2057. As the vehicle continued north, the parents heard another gunshot.

Deputy Kerry Headrick spoke to the children and their parents about the incident. The children reported seeing a passenger in the vehicle extend a handgun "through the window, pointing it at them and firing a shot."

Headrick called Detective Doug Henry to assist in the investigation.

A female jogger also reported hearing a gunshot as she was running south on Farm Road 1057. She said the vehicle accelerated toward her and she heard the gunshot as the vehicle approached her.

The jogger reported seeing four individuals in the car and that they had firearms.

Trooper Gary Horton, of Missouri State Highway Patrol, found the suspect vehicle at Herd's Truck Stop in Monett. While searching the vehicle, Horton recovered a .45-calibre handgun and a magazine for the weapon.

A passenger in the vehicle stated Hinkle was the individual who fired the weapon.

Hinkle remains in custody of the Barry County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bond.

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