January 22, 2004 - Posted at 2:45 p.m. CDT
ASH FLAT, AR - A 36-year-old Hardy man is in police custody today after being arrested yesterday after he allegedly shot another man as he was driving his truck.
Michael Scoggins is charged with aggravated assault and first degree battery after he allegedly fired a .12 guage shotgun into the cab of a pickup driven by 30-year-old Benjamin Seibert, who was injured in the incident.
According to police, the incident occured as Seibert went to Scoggins' residence on Rainbow Trail to collect an outstanding $1,600 debt. The police incident reports states that Scoggins walked out of his house with a shotgun and fired a shot over the truck. He then reportedly walked up to the truck, stuck the barrel inside and waved it around before then firing into the side of the vehicle. Seibert said he then felt a burning sensation on the back of his neck and discovered that he had been hit by projectile from the gun shot. He was later treated and released at a Cherokee Village hospital.
Police say Scoggins later admitted to them that he fired his gun off in the air in an attempt to scare Seibert away. When asked how Seibert's vehicle was hit, he replied, "I don't know, I was mad." The suspect added that he did not mean to hurt Seiber, but instead only intended to "run him off."
Police say Scoggins was free on bond when the incident occured, for charges of manufacture of marijuana.