WMPD Investigating Early Morning Shooting

WEST MEMPHIS, AR (KAIT) - West Memphis police today are investigating an early-morning shooting incident that left one man seriously wounded.

At approximately 12:30 a.m., WMPD officers responded to 800 North 14th Street in reference to the breaking and entry of a vehicle, but upon arrival discovered 22-year-old Gary Weathersby lying in the back yard of 814 North 14th Street with a gunshot wound to the back.

Vehicle owner Tony Boyce stated that he had caught Weatherspoon breaking the window out, and attempting to gain entry into the car that was parked in the carport of his residence at the address.  Weathersby then reportedly fled into the backyard, and Boyce told police that he fired two rounds from his 9 mm handgun toward Weathersby, who was soon transported to The Med in Memphis.

Boyce, 38, was arrested and charged with first-degree battery.  Police say Boyd is the holder of a valid Tennessee concealed handgun permit.