The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office responded to a 911 at 32 Canvasback Drive, Northwest of Mountain Home. The caller stated there had been an altercation between two men with one being hit in the head with a pipe and the other man being shot.
Baxter County Deputies Sgt. Ken Grayham and Lieutenant Rick Lucy arrived and secured the scene. Paramedics with Baxter Regional Medical Center and First Responders from the Mountain Home Fire Dept. arrived and both men were transported to the hospital.
Sheriff’s Investigators arrived and began collecting evidence and interviewing witnesses. The preliminary investigation reveals that the witness who called 911 and one of the two men, 49 year old James William Kirk were living in a shop building owned by the 2nd man, 58 Year old Gregory Milo High of rural Mountain Home. It is believed the two men became involved in an altercation that became physical, with Kirk striking High in the forehead area with a 24 inch crescent wrench and High shooting Kirk with a 9mm Berretta semi-automatic handgun in the upper thigh area of the left leg.
Gregory High was treated and released from Baxter Regional Medical Center this afternoon. James Kirk is currently in ICU at Baxter Regional Medical Center with what is believed to be non-life threatening injuries.
It is unknown at this time what started the altercation. The investigation is continuing into the incident.
Sheriff John Montgomery