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Columbus man arrested after firing bullets into neighbors' homes

A Columbus man is charged with shooting into an occupied dwelling and felony possession of cocaine.

Posted: Jan 28, 2018 5:25 PM
Updated: Jan 29, 2018 1:24 PM

COLUMBUS, Miss. (WTVA) - A Columbus man faces several charges after firing bullets into at least two neighbors' homes in north Columbus early Sunday morning.

Ken Ray Hargett, 57, called police saying a home invasion was in progress at his home on Sweet Gum Lane off Holly Hills Road around 7:20 a.m. Sunday.

Ken Ray Hargett | Photo: Lowndes County Jail

Columbus police say he fired a weapon out his back door bedroom window before officers arrived. Shots hit two different neighbors' homes. No one was injured.

Police did not find any evidence of a home invasion or break-in.

The Columbus-Lowndes Drug Task Force was called and illegal narcotics were found in the home. The Task Force charged Hargett with cocaine possession.

Police recovered multiple weapons at the house, which were taken as evidence.

"Anytime anyone shoots a weapon for any reason, the bullet is the repsonsibility of the person that shoots it," said Columbus Police Chief Fred Shelton. "In this situation, the neighbors were put in danger, and we find no evidence that there was anyone trying to break into the home. That along with illegal narcotics led us to charge him."

Hargett will appear before a judge Monday for a bond hearing.

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