Independence County Sheriff Shawn Stephens said charges have been filed in circuit court against two men, both previously convicted felons, for being in possession of a firearm. In fact, the sheriff’s department noted that a witness saw both men fire handguns from inside their vehicle.
Court records say law enforcement officers were called to Punch Lane on April 22 in reference to two men in a car shooting handguns. The suspects were identified Andrew Nolan Booth, 24, of Batesville, and 26-year-old Ernest Booker III, 26, of Jacksonport. The two men, driving a vehicle described by the witness, were found in west Batesville and pulled over.
During the investigation by Narcotics Officer Johnny Byler and Stephens, a search was made of the vehicle. Inside, two handguns were found: a Hi Point semi-automatic .380 handgun and a Smith & Wesson .38 special revolver, according to the report. Also found were multiple bullets and a box of Winchester .380 caliber bullets, which was missing 10 bullets. The court document said six bullet casings were found in the roadway in front of a residence on Punch Street.
Each man is charged with being a previously convicted felon in possession of a firearm. The court record said both men, since each has been previously convicted of 4 more felonies, are also being charged as habitual offenders.
Each man has been placed on a $5,000 bond. Both remain in jail.
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