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Ravenswood man facing charge over alleged incident with gun

Billy Joe Thompson

RAVENSWOOD — A Ravenswood man was charged with wanton endangerment after shots were fired at a trailer park, according to a criminal complaint filed June 1 in Jackson County Magistrate Court.

Billy Joe Thompson, 53, 22 Dye St., Ravenswood, was charged with two counts of wanton endangerment involving a firearm, the complaint said.

Ravenswood Police Department Patrolman Colby Bush was dispatched on June 1 to Huttons Trailer Park on Dye Street in Ravenswood for reports of shots fired, the complaint said.

According to the complaint, upon arriving, Bush saw several people outside pointing to a trailer saying the shooter was inside. The complaint said Bush then approached the residence, announced he was from the Ravenswood Police Department and knocked on the door.

A male inside the residence responded he was defending himself, the complaint said.

Upon entering, Bush observed Thompson and another male inside the residence, the complaint said. Both appeared frantic and Thompson kept walking away from Bush toward the rear of the residence, the complaint said.

At this time, Police Chief Lance Morrison arrived to assist and both men in the trailer were detained while Bush conducted his investigation, the complaint said. Members of the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department also arrived, the complaint said.

Bush states in the complaint that upon questioning, Thompson indicated another individual had pulled a gun on him, repeating many times he had the right to defend himself.

When asked if Thompson owned any firearms, Thompson stated he had one inside a box located in his bedroom, the complaint said.

A broken air pistol was recovered from that location and Thompson stated that was the only weapon he owned, and he was done talking with Bush, the complaint said.

According to the complaint, other officers from the police and sheriff’s departments conducted interviews with witnesses and located the alleged victim, the complaint said.

No injuries were reported.

Witnesses stated Thompson had shot at the victim’s truck as it left the lot, the complaint said. According to the complaint, the other individual who was detained was released

The complaint stated while processing Thompson at the police department, a 22-caliber rifle was recovered from underneath the underpinning of the residence at 22 Dye St.

Thompson is being held at South Central Regional Jail with a surety bail of $30,000.

Douglass Huxley can be reached at dhuxley@newsandsentinel.com

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