Alleged animal shooting leads to fight with wrenches, toy gun and vehicle




A physical altercation with weapons present and possible shots fired brought Marion County authorities to a scene along North Estes Street in Yellville involving nine individuals on December 15th.

According to the probable cause affidavit made available Thursday, the first officer on the scene reported he exited his patrol car with his weapon drawn and began issuing verbal commands to those present to get on the ground with their hands in front of them.

As he approached the nine individuals, he noticed a male holding an over-sized combination wrench. As he assessed the others for further weapons, he placed two individuals under arrest, 47-year-old Steven Sheline, whose last known address is in St. Joe, and 24-year-old Justin Sheline, whose last known address is in Yellville.

As he placed Steven Sheline in handcuffs, he noticed he had several red and purple bruises on his back and lower torso but he declined any examination or treatment.

After interviewing the nine individuals, it was determined four males and one female had arrived at the residence to speak with a second female. Shortly after the five arrived, Steven and Justin Sheline drove up. An altercation ensured and expanded to include two other females.

The officer reported it is unclear if Steven Sheline was pulled from his vehicle or exited on his own. Sheline armed himself with an over-sized combination wrench and began to swing it at the males as they approached him. He struck one of the males on the left side of his face resulting in minor injuries.

As the altercation continued, Justin Sheline put his vehicle in reverse, backed it out of the yard at a high rate of speed nearly striking one of the females. In the process, his vehicle struck two other vehicles.

Following the collisions, he allegedly placed his vehicle in drive and attempted to ram those attacking Steven Sheline several times, striking one of the males in the vehicle. After striking the male in the knee, he exited his vehicle and entered the residence. He returned with a toy gun, which he brandished towards those engaged in the altercation with Steven Sheline while making verbal threats.

Knowing one of those in the altercation with Steven Sheline usually carries a weapon in his vehicle, Justin Sheline returned to the residence and replaced the toy gun in a toy box.

As the altercation continued, Steven Sheline armed himself with a second over-sized combination wrench, as other officers arrived on the scene.

Further investigation indicates the dispute originated over the alleged shooting of a dog by one of the four males first to arrive at the Yellville residence.

Steven Sheline was evaluated by Yellville First Responders and transported to North Arkansas Medical Center in Harrison.

Steven and Justin Sheline were booked into the Marion County Detention Center the following day, Steven on two felony counts of aggravated assault, as well as misdemeanor counts of terroristic threatening and disorderly conduct.

Justin Sheline was charged with two felony counts of aggravated assault and one of terroristic threatening, as well as two misdemeanor counts of criminal mischief, and one each of
careless and prohibited driving and disorderly conduct.

Their bonds were set at $25,000 each, and they are set to appear in Marion County Circuit Court in early January.

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