2 seriously injured in shooting, suspect faces charges

2 seriously injured in shooting, suspect faces charges

SHARP COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - An Ash Flat man faces several charges, including attempted murder, after a shooting injured him and another man on Nov. 2.

According to bench warrant affidavit, Sharp County 911 received a call from a woman in the 100-block of Agnos Road saying her husband, Freddie Johnston entered her home and shot her friend, Jeremy Watkins and himself.

The woman told dispatch she had an order of protection against Johnston.

Deputy Matthew Coggins found Johnston lying on the floor in the master bedroom near the doorway with an apparent gunshot wound to the chest. He then found Watkins on the other side of the bed with two gunshot wounds to the upper torso.

EMS arrived and transported both men to the hospital. Watkins told EMS crews Johnston shot him and then himself.

The suspect's wife told authorities she and Watkins were lying the bed with Johnson come into the home and told Watkins to "get out of his bed."

When Johnston walked up to the bed, that was when he shot Watkins twice and himself one, his wife told authorities.

The wife gave authorities permission to search the house. Authorities found a pistol on the couch.

Authorities found what appeared to be a bullet hole in the sheetrock that appeared to be same bullets in the gun found on the couch.

The affidavit states that Johnston faces attempted first-degree murder, aggravated residential burglary, aggravated assault on a family member, and violation of an order of protection.

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