An altercation between two Hopkins men turned into a near-homicide this week when one of the men, William E. Blake, allegedly pointed a .22-caliber revolver at Charles R. Wilson's head and pulled the trigger. The gun failed to go off, and neither man was injured.
After the gun failed to fire, Blake reportedly pointed it downward at the street and again pulled the trigger. According to court records, the gun discharged, blasting a hole in the pavement.
Sheriff Darren White said the incident happened Sunday outside the suspect's house in the 200 block of First Street in Hopkins. He said his department received a "shots fired" call following the incident and dispatched a deputy the scene.
The deputy found Blake at home, where he was arrested without incident.
White said the still-loaded gun was recovered during the initial investigation along with an empty shell casing and the hollow-point bullet that failed to fire.
"If not for that (the faulty bullet), this probably would have been a homicide," White said.
According to the sheriff, the two men know one another and have a history of not getting along.
"That's my understanding, that they had some words in the past," White said.
White said Wilson is a registered sex offender, but it is not known if that played a role in the argument between the two men.
Blake has been charged with second-degree attempted murder and discharging a firearm while intoxicated. According to court records he had a blood-alcohol content of .152 after being taken into custody.
White said Thursday the suspect was being held in the Nodaway County jail in lieu of a $100,000 cash-only bond. He was to appear in court on Tuesday.
Second-degree attempted murder is a Class B felony in Missouri and carries a prison term of up to 15 years.