Gentry Man Accused of Firing Gun While Deputies Tried to Detain Him

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A Gentry man is accused of aggravated assault against a law enforcement officer after he fired shots from inside his pickup, authorities said.

Hasten Nathaniel Merworth, 33, was arrested on suspicion of aggravated assault upon a certified law enforcement officer or an employee of a correctional facility and violation of a protection order, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Members of the Benton County Sheriff’s Office were called to the 23000 block of West Mountain Road in Decatur last week. Merworth’s father had called authorities and said that his son was violating a protection order by being at the house, according to the affidavit.

Deputies made contact with Merworth as he was sitting inside his pickup and noticed a gun in his lap. Deputies said they tried talking Merworth into surrendering his gun and coming out of the truck, but Merworth swore at them and spoke about killing himself, according to the affidavit.

Merworth at some point fired shots from inside his pickup.

“Corporal Matt Nading returned fire,” the affidavit states.

Merworth sustained visible injuries to his face and leg and was taken into custody. He was later airlifted to a medical facility in Springfield, Mo. 

Merworth is currently being held at the Benton County Jail on a $500,000 bond.

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