Bass Fisherman Shot By Fellow Angler
POSTED: 10:33 am EDT May 23, 2007
UPDATED: 12:05 pm EDT May 23, 2007
GREENSBORO, Ga. -- An 86-year-old man is in jail charged with aggravated assault after authorities say he shot one of two men competing in a bass tournament on the Oconee River.
Greene County Sheriff Chris Houston says authorities believe John Burke Yearwood of Madison shot at the men Saturday to warn them away from his own fishing lines. The sheriff said yesterday that Yearwood has put his fishing lines out in the area for decades.
The men said they had headed upriver about noon when they noticed a fishing camp on the bank and saw a man wearing overalls. They say the man raised a rifle and fired two shots -- which hit the water in front of the boat. A sheriff's department report says the man fired a third shot -- which hit Craig Barnett of Sycamore as he sat in the boat.
The men said they sped away in the boat and used a cell phone to call 911.
The sheriff's report says Barnett sustained a wound under his left arm and gave authorities a small-caliber bullet that he says went into his arm.
Investigators found Yearwood at his home. He was booked into the Greene County Jail on the aggravated assault charge.