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Marion man fires shotgun outside home, threatens neighbors during property dispute

A 50-year-old Marion County man was arrested after he allegedly fired his shotgun outside his residence and threatened to harm several neighbors.

On Sunday, June 9, a Marion County Sheriff’s Office deputy responded to a residence on SE 309th Terrace in Altoona in reference to shots being fired. Upon arrival, the deputy spoke with a female victim who advised that her neighbor, James Arnold Smith, had threatened her while wielding a shotgun, according to the arrest report.

James Arnold Smith, 50, of Altoona
James Arnold Smith, 50, of Altoona

The victim stated that she was in the bed of a pickup truck that was backing out of her driveway when the vehicle became stuck in the dirt road outside of Smith’s residence. According to the victim’s statement, Smith exited the home while holding a shotgun and yelled at the pickup truck’s occupants to “get off his property.”

Smith “continued to yell obscenities” as the victim entered the cab of the pickup truck. Moments later, he fired the shotgun, according to the report.

The deputy noted in the report that the victim had video footage of the incident. This footage showed Smith standing in his yard while yelling at the pickup truck’s occupants, which included the victim. Smith then walked across his yard, and a gunshot was heard on the footage.

The report further stated that on the footage, Smith was observed walking while holding a shotgun. He then told the pickup truck’s occupants to “get off my (expletive) property” because he “owns” it. During the incident, Smith was also observed pointing the shotgun at an unknown male in a neighboring yard, yelling at the pickup truck’s occupants to “move your (expletive) (expletive) now,” and firing a shot into the air.

The incident ended when another vehicle helped pull the pickup truck back into the victim’s driveway.

The deputy made contact with Smith outside his residence, and he stated that he fired his gun into the air and told the pickup truck’s occupants to leave because “the dirt road was his property.” Smith was not placed under arrest at this time.

Less than a week later, on Saturday, June 15, another MCSO deputy responded to the same area in reference to a suspicious incident. A male victim alleged that his neighbor, Smith, had fired a 12-gauge shotgun, a rifle, and a BB gun at his home, according to the report.

The male victim told the deputy that he was “working on his vehicle” when the incident occurred, and he did not see Smith fire the shots. The report stated that there was “no evidence of the [victim’s] vehicle or residence being struck by any bullets or BBs.”

Two witnesses spoke with the deputy and advised that they had also heard gunshots at the time of the incident, though they did not see Smith fire the shots.

The deputy made contact with Smith at his home. Smith admitted to firing the shotgun once into the air to “get (law enforcement) here faster,” and he further stated, “I’ll keep shooting on my property,” according to the report.

On Friday, June 21, a warrant was obtained, and Smith was arrested and transported to Marion County Jail. He is currently being held there on a $45,000 bond, and he is facing the following charges: aggravated assault with a deadly weapon without intent to kill, firing a weapon in public or on a residential property, and possession of a firearm during the commission of a felony.

A court date has been scheduled at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, July 23, according to jail records.