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Posted: Wednesday, September 25, 2013 2:23 pm

After being involved in a shooting incident on Monday evening, September 23, Keith Warnick, 49 of Dover was arrested and transported to the Pope County Detention Center. A felony hold was placed on Warnick for the charge of battery in the second degree.

During a Wednesday morning bond hearing, District Court Judge Don Bourne accepted testimony of a Pope County Sheriff's Office Investigator.

The investigator testified that a few minutes prior to 7 p.m., Monday, September 24, Pope County 911 dispatchers received a call reporting a shooting on Warnick Lane in Dover.

Pope County Sheriff's Office deputies responded to the address and while in route, were advised of a possible injury. Pope County EMS and Dover First responders were requested to respond to the call as well. Deputies arrived at the address and entered the home that the shooting allegedly occurred.

After entering the home, they located a man in the kitchen area of the residence who had sustained moderate to severe injuries. The man's injuries were located below his waist and on the upper part of both of his legs. It was apparent to the deputies that the man had been shot with a 12 gauge shotgun.

The suspect, identified as Keith Warnick, was arrested without incident and the shotgun was confiscated and place into evidence. Warnick was transported to the Pope County Detention Center and a felony hold was placed on him for the charge of Battery in the second degree.

The 55-year-old male victim was transported to Saint Mary's Regional Medical Center and then transferred by Med Flight to Saint Vincent's Infirmary in Little Rock.

Investigators spoke to Warnick concerning the shooting and Warmick stated that the victim was visiting his home and after some time passed, he asked the man to leave. After the man did not leave, Warnick pulled out the shotgun in attempts to motivate the man to go. The two men began to argue over the shotgun and during the argument, the gun went off.

The investigator stated that after speaking to the victim Tuesday afternoon in Little Rock about the shooting, both of the men's stories were consistent. The investigator also told the judge that both men had been consuming alcohol Monday afternoon.

The victim underwent surgery on Tuesday evening and a 12 gauge slug was removed from his body. He was described to be in stable condition at the time of the investigators testimony.

The prosecutor recommended Warnick's bond to be issued for $20,000 and Judge Bourne approved the recommendation.  Warnick was ordered to not consume alcohol if bond was made and to appear in a plea arraignment hearing on October 21 in Pope County Circuit Court.

To read the Breaking News story, Shooting on Warnick Lane, click here.

To read the update on the story, UPDATE: Shooting on Warnick Lane, click here.

To read, Latest developments in Warnick Lane shooting investigation, click here.

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