Shotgun blast narrowly missed deputy

Rodney Meek
Rodney Meek

A Jennings County man was arrested Friday after allegedly firing a shotgun into the wall beside the front door, narrowly missing a deputy, after authorities arrived to break up a domestic dispute at a home.

Lt. Mike Mowery, spokesman for the sheriff’s department, says that dispatchers received a call about the fight from the wife of the suspect at about 8:45 a.m. Friday on County Road 200E.

After knocking on the front door, a deputy heard a gunshot from inside and the deputy ducked for cover and called for assistance. Deputies were able to talk the suspect, 57-year-old Rodney W. Meek, into surrendering. Afterwards, officers found a 12-gauge shotgun and a hole in the wall next to the front door. They say that the brick on the outside of the home is all that prevented the blast from hitting the deputy.

Meek is facing preliminary charges of criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon and intimidation.