Thanksgiving dinner ends in gunfire, three arrested

Thanksgiving dinner ends in gunfire, three arrested
(Source: KAIT-TV)

LUXORA, AR (KAIT) - Three Mississippi County men face aggravated assault charges after a Thanksgiving dinner ended in gunfire.

The alleged shooting happened around 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 22, at a home on South Central Street, according to a report from the Luxora Police Department.

Maurice Gene Dority, 43, of Blytheville and Robert Lee Jones, Jr., 24, of Osceola reportedly got into an argument that turned physical during a Thanksgiving family dinner.

After a witness broke up the altercation, the report stated, Jones left the scene but said he would be back with a gun.

A short time later, police said Jones and his brother, 21-year-old Kahlil Jones of Osecola, returned to the home and shots were exchanged between the brothers and Dority.

According to the report, several children were at the home at the time of the shooting and were among the numerous victims listed.

Police Chief Albert Wright, who reported hearing the gunfire at his home, was one of the first officers on the scene and arrested Dority after the man reportedly showed him a gun in his sweatpants.

Sheriff’s deputies, acting on information provided by witnesses, later stopped a car driven by Robert Jones and found a shotgun in the trunk. Deputies arrested Jones and his brother, who was in the backseat.

All three men are being held at the Mississippi County Detention Center on the following charges:

  • Robert Lee Jones, Jr.—Aggravated assault, felony possession of a firearm, and shooting a firearm in city limits. He is being held on a $150,000 bond.
  • Kahlil M. Jones—Aggravated assault, possession of a firearm by certain persons, and shooting a firearm in city limits. He is being held on a $150,000 bond.
  • Maurice Gene Dority—Aggravated assault, first-degree terroristic threatening, and shooting a firearm in city limits. His bond was set at $75,000.

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