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Shots fired, man arrested Monday

Friday, June 22, 2012

By Karen Hall

Staff Writer

Shots were fired at a home on Springplace Road Monday night, and a Lewisburg man was charged with aggravated assault, resisting arrest, and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony.

Robert E. Fitz Jr., 67, of Monte Murrey Road, had been visiting with neighbors in Springplace Road, according to the report by Marshall County Sheriff's Deputy Larry Hardin. Fitz and the couple got into an argument and Fitz left and went towards home. The man went to Fitz's house and discussed Fitz's drinking and behavior with Fitz's wife. Fitz retrieved a shotgun from his truck and threatened the man, so he left and went home, according to Hardin's report.

"About 20 minutes later, Mr. Fitz returned to the area and started shooting at the victims," Hardin wrote. Three or four shots were fired with the space of two to five minutes. Fitz pulled into the victims' driveway and stayed there for about 10 minutes, then left.

The victims called 911 when the shots were fired, and Hardin responded, along with Cornersville Police Officer Mark Chandler and Marshall County Sheriff's Capt. Bart Fagan.

"While the investigation was in progress, the offender returned again, pulling onto the neighboring property," Hardin reported. "All officers followed the offender to an old barn where he was located sitting on the tailgate of his white Toyota pickup truck, drinking a beer."

Fitz refused to comply with numerous orders to place his hands in view of officers, so finally a Taser was applied and he was taken into custody without further incident.

A 12-gauge pump shotgun, with six rounds in the magazine, and an additional three rounds from Fitz's pocket were seized and stored at the Marshall County Sheriff's Department.

Fitz was charged with two counts of aggravated assault, resisting arrest, and possession of a firearm in the commission of a felony. He made a bond of $19,500, and is due in General Sessions Court on July 24.