There are two sides to every story and such is the case involving an alleged altercation Sunday night between some south Phillips County men and a non-resident father and son near Mellwood.

 

There are two sides to every story and such is the case involving an alleged altercation Sunday night between some south Phillips County men and a non-resident father and son near Mellwood.
   An affidavit obtained from Phillips County Sheriff’s Deputies stated that Christopher Jones of Proctor, Okla. had been charged with first-degree battery for alleging firing and striking Kyle Stoner in the left big toe.
   During separate phone interviews Wednesday, Stoner and Matt Inman said they and others in a Tahoe were returning from a water skiing excursion on Mellwood Lake Sunday night when they saw a Ford F250 coming in a hurry over the levee.
    “I was driving (the Tahoe) and stopped to tell the driver to slow down,” Inman said.
   Inman said the driver of the vehicle, Raymond Jones, later identified as the father of Christopher Jones, came out his truck, grabbed a shovel and approached him.
   “I asked him (Raymond Jones) if he had a problem,” Inman said.
   Inman said he told Raymond Jones that young people often ride four-wheelers alone the levee and that a vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed could cause an accident.
   “He got a shovel and started toward me. I took the shovel and threw it into a ditch,” Inman said.
    Inman said the elder Jones got back into his truck and left.
   Inman said he got back into the Tahoe and heading west and was driving north on Arkansas Highway 44 when he saw a Chevrolet pickup coming toward his vehicle at a high rate of speed. Inman said none of his party was familiar with the vehicle.
   “The driver drove us off the road,” Inman said.
   Stoner said Christopher Jones was driving the Chevy and the father was on the passenger side.
   Stoner said the Joneses got out of their truck – Christopher Jones had a .22 caliber rifle and the father had a pistol.
   “The son started fighting Matt (Inman) and the dad started fighting me,” Stoner said.
   Stoner said Inman got on top of Christopher Jones.”
  Stoner said Christopher Jones fired and a bullet went struck his left big toe and “went out the ball of my foot.”
   Stoner said his girl friend, Holly Lederman, called 911 and that before his party got to Wabash deputies and an Elaine Police officer arrived.
   Stoner said the only injury that was inflicted on Raymond Jones was a “knot on the head” during the alleged altercation near the levee.
  Stoner went to Helena Regional Medical Center where he was treated for the injury to his toe.