Kennerdell man accused of shooting at, beating man

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From staff reports

A Kennerdell man is facing charges after he allegedly shot at and beat another man with a handgun Saturday night outside a Sandy Lake residence.

Mercer state police said that around 8 p.m. Saturday, officers responded to an East Lacock Street home after receiving multiple reports from residents in the area that they had heard a verbal altercation followed by gunshots.

Police said they determined that Michael Owens, 42, had left the residence with a handgun that he wasn’t permitted to possess. Owens confronted another man in the front driveway after he believed the man had been involved in an argument with Owens’ girlfriend, police said.

Owens pointed the firearm at the man, and the two became involved in a physical altercation, police said.

Owens fired the gun, hitting the clothing on the left shoulder of the man with one of the rounds, police said.

He then struck the man in the back of the head with the firearm repeatedly as they wrestled on the ground, which caused the gun to be fired several more times, police said.

Owens is facing two felony counts of aggravated assault, single felony counts of possession of firearm prohibited and firearms not to be carried without a license, and misdemeanor counts of terroristic threats, simple assault and four counts of recklessly endangering another person.

He was arraigned before Lt. Col. Daniel Davis and placed in the Mercer County jail on $100,000 bail.

A preliminary hearing is tentatively scheduled for Jan. 24 at the Mercer County courthouse.