Shots fired in New Market neighbor dispute


An apparent neighbor dispute in New Market on Friday night resulted in an exchange of gunfire, but no one was injured, according to law enforcement.

Highland County Sheriff Donnie Barrera on Monday told The Times-Gazette that two men, both of whom live in an apartment complex on U.S. Route 62 in New Market, were involved in a dispute that led to one man’s arrest.

Barrera said Jeffrey Smith, 58, was setting up a hunting blind in a wooded area near his home Friday evening, and after coming out of the woods he encountered Seth Little, 22, dumping trash in the area.

According to Barrera, Little asked Smith if he had seen any deer in the area, and Smith said he hadn’t. Smith then asked Little why he was dumping trash in the area, and a dispute ensued, Barrera said.

After an exchange of words, Little pulled a gun and fired a shot, according to Barrera.

“He shot it through the weeds, not really shooting it at anybody,” Barrera said. “He just tried to scare him.”

Smith then got in a vehicle, and while driving away fired a shot in the air with his weapon, Barrera said.

Barrera said the sheriff’s office responded to a report of the incident, and arrested Little. He is charged with aggravated menacing, according to Barrera.

Barrera said there were no reported injuries or damage to property.

The matter remains under investigation, and Barrera said more charges may be filed as the investigation continues.

Reach David Wright at 937-402-2570, or on Twitter @DavidWrighter.

No injuries; argument broke out over trash dump

By David Wright

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