The targeted man was not injured and later located in some nearby woods.
Gary Lee Stapleton, 46, was arrested by the Greenup County Sheriff’s Department after police responded to a report of a shooting at a location on Siloam Lane in South Shore.
Greenup County E-911 reported that it received a call from Stapleton himself, stating that the victim was running around the area in his underwear and was bloody from an altercation. Stapleton reported to the 911 operator that he had physically assaulted the victim and then shot at his feet with a shotgun.
Authorities located the victim hiding in a wooded area with no clothing on, according to police reports. The man said that Stapleton had assaulted him then tried to “kill him” by firing a shotgun at him, according to police reports. The victim was taken to Our Lady of Bellefonte Hospital for a medical evaluation for injuries.
Authorities then met with Stapleton at his residence, where he was detained until the shotgun was located and secured. Stapleton was read his Miranda Warning and then continued to speak with police.
Police reports indicate that Stapleton stated he and the victim had gotten into a physical altercation as a result of Stapleton accusing the man of stealing from him. Stapleton said that he punched the man in the face, knocking him to the ground, and then he continued to kick him in the face while wearing steel-toed boots, according to police reports.
Stapleton then said he obtained a shotgun from an old truck in the driveway, then shot in the vicinity of the man. He fired two rounds, according to police reports.
Stapleton then told the man to take off his clothes, according to police reports. The man then fled the residence.
Police reports indicate that evidence at the scene showed two fired rounds into the ground, approximately 6-8 inches apart.
The man had minor injuries to the back of his legs from the gravel after the shots were fired, along with facial injuries, according to police reports.
Stapleton was arrested on the charges of first-degree assault and first-degree wanton endangerment and lodged at the Greenup County Detention Center.