A Winchester man is facing multiple charges after he allegedly made threats to a family while armed with a rifle. Arrell Farmer, 36, of Winchester, likely will be charged with committing a terroristic act, possession of a firearm by certain persons and five counts of endangering the welfare of a minor.
According to a news release from the Drew County Sheriff’s Office, witnesses reported that Farmer, after making threats to a family, left the residence and returned a short time later with a rifle. Farmer is alleged to have pointed the rifle at an alleged victim and and another family member before they retreated into their residence and called 911. The alleged victim said four gunshots were heard. Farmer reportedly left the scene immediately after firing the gun.
The names of the alleged victims were not disclosed.
The alleged incident occurred on December 11 when Drew County deputies Daniel Garrison and Craig Labaj responded to a call reporting shots fired. Drew County Sheriff Mark Gober and Chief Deputy Brian Slaughter and additional deputies arrived shortly thereafter.
Gober, who spoke with Farmer by phone, convinced Farmer to turn himself in. Farmer returned to the scene a short time later and was arrested without incident.
During a search of the area where Farmer was said to be standing when the shots were fired Detective Rick Harvey found two .223 caliber shell casings. The firearm was not located. It is believed Farmer hid the firearm away from scene prior to deputies’ arrival.
At Farmer’s first appearance hearing on December 13, District Judge Bruce Anderson set Farmer’s bond at $40,000. He bonded out of jail the same day.