Jefferson County prosecutors filed an attempted second-degree murder charge Monday against a 62-year-old rural Valley Falls man suspected of shooting another man with a handgun Sunday morning.
Jefferson County Attorney Jason Belveal on Monday charged John Hayworth Jr. with shooting 58-year-old William Schoonover during an incident on Sunday.
Sheriff’s officers arrested Hayworth on suspicion of attempted intentional second-degree murder after they were called to the shooting about 10:30 a.m. Sunday at a residence near the intersection of Edwards Road and 142nd Street, about 40 miles northwest of Lawrence.
The victim, 58-year-old William Schoonover, also of rural Valley Falls, was taken to Stormont-Vail Regional Health Center in Topeka by ambulance. Sheriff Jeff Herrig said Schoonover was expected to recover from his injuries. He was in surgery Sunday, and officers initially reported to dispatchers Sunday morning that he was shot in the chest.
Herrig said investigators hoped to interview Schoonover later Monday at the hospital to shed further light on why the shooting occurred.
“We’ve got one side. We want to get both,” Herrig said.
The sheriff said the men were adjoining landowners but neither man lived near where the incident occurred.
Hayworth appeared before a judge Monday on the charge, and his bond was set at $50,000. Belveal said Hayworth was expected to use property he owned to post the surety bond on Monday.
Belveal declined further comment about the alleged incident, citing the ongoing investigation.