January 7, 2009 Edition

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One arrested after shooting

Gretchen Hunt

A Minturn man was arrested on felony charges Saturday after a shooting incident at Imboden.

According to a Lawrence County Sheriff's Department report, Michael Davis, 20, was arrested after the Lawrence County Communications Center received a 911 call of a man being shot at 11:24 p.m.

Captain Jody Dotson said Davis was arrested for committing a terroristic act with serious physical injury, battery I and carrying a weapon. Dotson said the terroristic act charge is a class Y felony, and, if found guilty, Davis could be sentenced to 40 years to life.

The victim of the shooting, Royce Pace, 19, of Imboden, was transported to Lawrence Memorial Hospital by AET Ambulance Service with a single gunshot wound to the neck. He was later flown to The MED in Memphis.

Dotson said the incident happened at the boat ramp in Imboden when Davis shot through the back glass of Pace's truck. Pace was able to drive to S & H Quick Shop to get assistance.

A description of the vehicle and the suspect's name were given by the caller.

"Officers responded to the call and spotted the vehicle near Black Rock," he said. "Davis was arrested without incident."

A female with Davis was also taken into custody for questioning but later released. Dotson said the female was Davis's fiancée and Pace's ex-girlfriend.

Dotson said officers gathered information and were able to recover a .380-caliber handgun from a ditch near Imboden believed to have been used in the shooting. In addition, officers recovered two spent .380-caliber cartridges at the scene of the shooting in Imboden.

The report also states that Pace's vehicle had evidence of a gunshot in the back glass of the vehicle and blood inside.

During a bond hearing on Monday, Davis was released on his own recognizance and a Circuit Court date of Jan. 21 given. Dotson said the district judge cited Arkansas Law that bond was to assure that a subject would show for court and that he believed Davis was not a flight risk.

Pace is reported to be in stable condition.

"We would like to thank the Imboden Fire Department, The Black Rock Police Department, The Ravenden Police Department and AET for their assistance Saturday night in this incident," Dotson said.

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