2 arrests reported after shooting incident in Pott. County


May 7th, 2013 by Ric Hanson

Two men from Oakland were arrested Monday night in connection with a shooting incident that arose from a confrontation between two groups of outdoor enthusiasts. Pottawattamie County Sheriff Jeff Danker told KJAN News 21-year old Newberry Winfield Wright and 23-year old Alex Kinser, both of Oakland, were taken into custody at around 8:50-p.m., Monday. Wright and Kinser were arrested after the vehicle they and two other men occupied, was pulled over following an investigation into an incident at the Farm Creek Wildlife area, about five-miles east of Carson.

Danker said the incident began following a confrontation between a couple of men who were fishing, and another group of men who were target shooting. The Sheriff said one of the weapons was a Smith and Wesson .500 magnum…a very large and powerful handgun. The fishermen yelled at the shooters that they were scaring the fish. Danker said there were probably “Some unkind words said back and forth, and one group said “Hey, we’re going to call the cops.”  At that point, the target shooters loaded up their boat and proceeded to leave.

Danker says as they were leaving, two shots were allegedly fired. The fishermen claim the shots went in their direction. A Pottawattamie County Sheriff’s deputy stopped the GMC pickup the men were in, and charged Wright, who was the driver of the vehicle, with OWI, Reckless Use of Firearms and Operating While Revoked. Kinser was charged with Intimidation with a Dangerous Weapon, Reckless Use of A Firearm, and Shooting over Water, and Manner of Conveyance.

Both men were brought to the Pott. County Jail. Wright was later released on $2,000 bond, while Kinser remained in the jail this (Tuesday) morning. His bond was set at $10,000.