Archive for Sunday, January 19, 2014

Lawrence man charged with aggravated battery, aggravated assault in apartment wall shooting

January 19, 2014


Phillip Howard, a 28-year-old Lawrence man, has been charged with aggravated battery and aggravated assault after a firearm was discharged and one person seriously injured during a domestic dispute Saturday night.

The victim, a 33-year-old man, was in a neighboring apartment during the altercation and was not involved, said police spokesman Sgt. Trent McKinley. The victim was standing near his closed door when a bullet passed through it and struck him.

McKinley said Sunday the victim’s injuries were “serious, but likely not life-threatening.”

Officers with the Lawrence Police Department first responded to reports of a domestic dispute at Peppertree Apartments, 3300 W. 22nd St., around 9:40 p.m. Saturday. The dispute occurred in an apartment and in the hallway outside the apartment, McKinley said.

During a brief police standoff, the victim was extracted from his apartment and taken to Lawrence Memorial Hospital.

Howard, the alleged gunman, was taken into custody and booked into the Douglas County Jail.

A Douglas County District Court judge set a bond of $10,000 on Sunday. If held on bond, Howard is scheduled to appear in court at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday.


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