Shots fired but questions remain

Friday, July 28, 2017

Two separate incidents. Two reports of gunshots. Two men arrested. Two days apart. A lot of unanswered questions.

Former Marshall County School Board member Craig Michael was charged Friday with two counts of attempted homicide and held on $50,000 bond.

Deputies responded just after noon to Wilson Hill Road following a complaint from Keith Pearson.


According to the report from the Marshall County Sheriff’s Office, Pearson stated that he and his grandmother, Shirley Lynn Cherry, had gone to Michael’s house to retrieve a weed eater that Pearson had left at the property.

According to the report, Michael told Pearson that he didn’t have anything that belonged to him, to which Pearson replied that he’d just have a deputy come out to retrieve the item.

At that point, Pearson reported that Michael said he did have something for him, firing a gun several times at Pearson and Cherry and breaking out two windows of the truck they were driving.

Deputies had noticed the broken windows when meeting the pair in order to take their report.

As the deputies were interviewing the pair, a third party who had been at Michael’s residence during the alleged incident drove past.

Pulled over by deputies, the man, a roofer who had been discussing a job with Michael, told officers that Michael had gotten irritated seeing Pearson on his property. He reported that Michael told him to leave and escorted him around the house back to his truck.

The report does not mention if the witness reported also hearing any gunshots.

The witness said that when Michael returned he told him that Pearson had stolen property from him in the past.

Deputies returned to Michael’s residence and placed him under arrest.

On Monday, deputies were dispatched to Cherry’s home in Cornersville after she reported that Pearson had fired a gun inside her residence.

According to the report, at approximately 4 a.m., Pearson had been arguing on the phone with his wife over child visitation.

Cherry said Pearson had walked out to his truck and retrieved a handgun.

He then returned to the house and allegedly fired a shot while threatening to kill himself if he did not get to see his children.

He then reportedly went to sleep, while Cherry called a daughter to have her report the incident to law enforcement.

Pearson was later taken into custody. According to the report, he did have a .25 caliber handgun in his possession when arrested.

He was taken to Marshall Medical Center for a mental evaluation, before being taken to the Marshall County Jail.

He was charged with two counts of reckless endangerment due to two persons being in the home at the time the shot was allegedly fired and held on $20,000 bond.

Court appearances are scheduled for both men and the Tribune will follow each case in order to report on the answers after a very eventful two days.