Medora man arrested for criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon

After being added to the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department’s most wanted criminal list Thursday, a Medora man has been arrested.

Shadd Hargett, 34, faces a Level 5 felony charge of intimidation with a deadly weapon and Level 6 felony charges of pointing a firearm at another person and criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon.

According to the probable cause affidavit signed by county Officer Alan Jones, the incident leading to Hargett’s arrest began when Medora Town Marshal Mark Stargell received a report Aug. 18 from a man who stated Hargett had threatened to kill him over a dispute about firearms.

The man told police he and a friend had been smoking methamphetamine when the friend asked him to assist him in moving some firearms, according to court records.

The friend told the man he had purchased two muzzleloaders and two 22 long rifles from Hargett for $400.

The pair then moved and hid the firearms, as neither were legally allowed to possess a gun, police said. Afterwards, the initial complainant discovered the weapons were stolen and retrieved them to return to Hargett.

The man said he was initially unable to locate Hargett and was walking home in the 10000 block of West County Road 675S in Medora, Jones reported.

That’s when the man said Hargett approached him with a black pistol in hand and accused him of stealing the firearms, eventually threatening to kill him and firing into the concrete below, police said.

Jones said Hargett then again threatened to kill the man if he didn’t leave, which is when he left the scene and found Stargell.

Jones said he later went to the location where the incident was said to have occurred and found a 9 mm shell casing 5 feet from a gouge in the pavement, matching the man’s story.

Jones also said he questioned neighbors, who told him they heard a single gunshot.

Police attempted to make contact with Hargett at his residence in the 6600 block of South County Road 1100W in Medora but believed he left just before their arrival.

Afterwards, Jones gave the complainant a ride back to his residence. There, they asked the man to retrieve any of the stolen firearms from inside, and he returned with one of the four.

His girlfriend then came outside and told Jones that Hargett had already been to their home to retrieve his weapons and left with two or three. She also told police Hargett took all of the meth inside the house.

A Jackson Circuit Court warrant was issued Aug. 20 for Hargett’s arrest, and he was taken into custody Monday night. He was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 7:30 p.m. and is currently being held without bond pending his initial hearing.

A Level 5 felony carries a sentence of one to six years with an advisory sentence of three years if convicted.