Police say a man shot his neighbor in the shoulder Tuesday following an argument in west Springfield.
According to court documents filed this week, the victim and the suspect were standing in their respective backyards at the time of the shooting, separated by a 4-foot-tall chain-link fence.
The alleged shooter, 70-year-old Terry Carter, has been charged with first-degree assault and armed criminal action.
Authorities say the victim went to the hospital with serious but non-life-threatening injuries.
According to court documents, the incident occurred Tuesday just after 10 a.m. in the 2500 block of West Lincoln Street.
Court documents say the encounter started with an argument between women who lived at the respective homes, and ended with Carter shooting his male neighbor.
Carter allegedly told police his neighbor threatened to kill him and charged at the fence, so he fired his gun in self-defense.
Carter’s telling of the events was refuted by other witnesses who said the victim did not make any threats or take action to cross the fence.
Carter is being held in the Greene County Jail on $75,000 bond. He faces a possible life sentence if convicted.
A defense attorney representing Carter filed a motion to reduce Carter’s bond, saying Carter is not a danger to the community and is needed to help care for his sister.