Report of shots fired leads to arrest of Izard County septuagenarian

Photo: Jerry Bierman

A report of shots fired has led to the arrest of a 72-year-old Oxford man on two felony counts of aggravated assault.

According to Izard County Chief Deputy Charley Melton, authorities received a call of shots fired on Whispering Pines Road on Friday evening in Oxford. The trio of complainants said they were pulling an ATV down the road to try and start it, when a man – later identified as Jerry Bierman – pulled up in a truck and flagged them down.

Melton says when the victims stopped to see what Bierman wanted, he allegedly pulled out a pistol and pointed it at one of the victims, before shooting over the cab of the truck.

While deputies were responding to the call, Bierman placed a call of his own to law enforcement, claiming “he had just shot at a guy, because he damaged Bierman’s truck mirror.” When authorities made contact with Bierman, they found no damage to the man’s truck, and he was arrested on the felony charges, along with a misdemeanor charge of resisting arrest.

Melton says Bierman’s bond was set at $10,000, and he was slated to appear in Izard County Circuit Court Wednesday.

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