MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Two men, one of whom is on parole, made up a story about one of the men being shot when in reality he shot himself.
According to Captain Robb Rounsavall with the Mississippi County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called to Gary’s Food Mart in Manila about a shooting Tuesday night.
They found Jeffery Roehm with a gunshot wound to the left leg.
Roehm and witness Clarence Jones told deputies they were driving toward Blytheville on Highway 18 when they saw a black Oldsmobile parked on the side of the road about a mile past the Big Lake Bridge.
Both Roehm and Jones said they stopped to see if the driver needed help and that a passenger in the vehicle got out got into a scuffle with Roehm and Jones.
That’s when Jones said passenger pulled out a gun and shot Roehm.
Jones claimed the vehicle left the scene headed east toward Blytheville.
Jones said he drove Roehm to Gary’s Food Mart where Roehm was then taken to a Jonesboro hospital for treatment.
During the investigation, deputies learned that Roehm had been at the home of Josh Jones who lives on East Olympia Street outside Manila.
The release said while there, Roehm wanted to look at several guns that belonged to Clarence Jones.
While Roehm was handling one of the guns, the gun discharged shooting him in the leg.
The sheriff’s office says Roehm and Jones made up the story about being shot by someone on Highway 18 because Josh Jones and Roehm are both currently on parole.
The case has been referred to the prosecuting attorney’s office to determine what, if any charges, will be filed.