A 18-year-old Dixon man is in custody after allegedly shooting a 20-year-old in the face because of a dispute over an ATV.
An 18-year-old Dixon man is in custody after allegedly shooting a 20-year-old in the face because of a dispute over an ATV.
Douglas Austin Bacon has been charged with first-degree assault and armed criminal action for a shooting incident that took place Wednesday night.
At approximately 11 p.m., the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department received a report of a man being shot on Crest Drive, just a few miles west of Dixon.
Upon arrival, deputies found a 20-year-old victim who was shot in the face. Doctors told police that the bullet came to rest in his spine, causing the victim to suffer serious physical injury.
The victim was initially taken to General Leonard Wood Army Hospital and later transferred to a trauma center in Springfield, according to Sheriff Ron Long.
According to court documents, a detective asked the victim (while he was in stable condition) who shot him. The victim then mumbled “Austin Bacon.”
When Bacon was later interviewed, he said that the victim was on his property attempting to leave with Bacon's four wheeler, according to police records. Bacon told police he then aimed at the victim's head with a .22 rifle and shot him in the face. Bacon continued to state when he fired the weapon he had intentions of “causing serious physical harm” to the victim.
Pulaski County Sheriff Ron Long said that two individuals were arrested by Pulaski County Deputies in connection to this case and more charges could be filed later this week on the second individual. This case is still under investigation.
As of 9 a.m. Thursday morning, a nurse told the Sheriff's Department that the victim is in “critical, but stable condition.”
Bacon is currently the Pulaski County Jail with a cash-only bond of $1 million.If convicted, Bacon could face life in prison.
If the victim's injures lead to death, Pulaski County Prosecuting Attorney Kevin Hillman said that murder charges can and most likely will be filed.