By Larry Stroud: Guard Associated Editor
ASH FLAT — Sharp County officials feel the county is being unfairly charged with medical and ambulance bills stemming from the accidental shooting of a man by a state trooper almost a year ago, County Judge Larry Brown said.
The incident occurred Feb. 9 near Highland, where Jines had received information that Arnold could be inside a mobile home on Game Reserve Road. While Jines was at the door talking with an occupant of the home, he heard a vehicle start behind it.
A struggle ensued, during which Jines’ pistol unintentionally discharged, wounding Arnold.
Arnold, then 38, was wanted by Iroquois County, Ill., authorities on drug charges and failure to appear, according to police reports.
“I don’t blame the hospital for wanting their money,” he said.