October 1, 2014

Two charged after anglers and hunters get into fight in southwest Iowa

Two southwestern Iowa men are charged in connection with a shooting incident last night that followed a confrontation between two groups of outdoor enthusiasts. Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker says the fishermen and the hunters got into a spat at the Farm Creek Wildlife area, east of Carson — and the shouting eventually led to shooting.

Danker says the fishermen yelled at the men who were target shooting to stop because the gunfire was scaring the fish. “I’m sure there were some unkind words said back and forth, and finally one group said ‘Hey, we’re going to call the cops.’”

The target shooters loaded up their boat and proceeded to leave when Danker says two shots were allegedly fired at the fishermen. Deputies pulled over the pickup and arrested 21-year old Newberry Wright and 23-year old Alex Kinser, both of Oakland.

The sheriff says one weapon was a Smith and Wesson .500 Magnum, a very large and powerful handgun. Wright, the driver, is charged with operating while intoxicated, reckless use of firearms and operating while revoked. Kinser is charged with intimidation with a dangerous weapon, reckless use of a firearm, and shooting over water, and manner of conveyance.

By Ric Hanson, KJAN, Atlantic