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Pat S. Tarpley
Pat S. Tarpley

     Sheriff's Deputies arrested a rural Mountain Home man Monday evening, August 31st on felony charges after responding to 9-1-1 hang up call from a residence on Copper Creek Circle that ended up being a violent domestic disturbance.

     Deputies arrived at in the area at 9:33 PM and made contact with the female involved in the disturbance.  She told deputies that her husband had tried to shoot her.  She was holding a magazine from a handgun that she had removed from the gun during a struggle for it.  The woman had several spots of blood on her clothing and person, as well as other evidence of physical injuries.

     The woman relayed to deputies that she had locked herself in her room, after which her estranged husband, PAT S. TARPLEY, broke into the room making it past barriers she had set up.  A physical altercation too place, and a handgun was brandished.  During a struggle over the handgun, the woman was able to eject the magazine, however one round remained chambered in the weapon, and the weapon was ultimately discharged by PAT TARPLEY.

     The woman managed to escape from the residence and go to a neighbor's house for help.  Deputies then went to the residence where this had occurred.  They made contact with PAT TARPLEY and subsequently took him into custody.  TARPLEY was wearing a handgun holster attached to his belt loop when he was apprehended.

     Additional investigation was conducted.  The discharged round was found to have gone through one of the walls of the residence.  The handgun involved was found in another room of the residence and was seized as evidence. 

     At the conclusion of the investigation, 60 year old PAT S. TARPLEY was arrested and transported to the Baxter County Detention Center where he was booked on charges of:

Battery in the Second Degree - Felony
Aggravated Assault - Felony

     TARPLEY was released from custody after posting $15,000 bond and after being served with a No Contact Order to prohibit him from having any further contact with the victim.  He will appear before the Circuit Court to answer on September 17th.

/s/ John F. Montgomery,
Baxter County Sheriff