Weekend shooting sends one brother to hospital, other to jail

county_benton_greenBy Joyce Brock

Southern Advocate

HICKORY FLAT – A recent shooting in Hickory Flat sent one man to intensive care and his brother to jail.

Shortly before 1 a.m. on Feb. 14, the Benton County Sheriff’s Department received a call regarding the incident. They were informed that Mark Sappington, of Hickory Flat, had been shot and was being rushed to the hospital in a police officer’s vehicle.

Upon investigation, officers alleged that Mark Sappington had been shot by his brother, William Sappington. Following an argument, William Sappington allegedly went into the residence and retrieved a gun, then shot his brother.

After the aldtercation, officials say William Sappington left the scene and was found at a residence in Holly Springs by Holly Springs Police Department. He left the residence and eluded officers, so the Marshall County Sheriff’s Department and the Desoto County Sheriff’s Department were called in to assist with the search.

Once William Sappington’s vehicle was found at a cemetery in Holly Springs, the man-hunt centered in that area. He was found and apprehended by a K9 unit at approximately 6:30 a.m.

As of press time, Mark Sappington remained in critical condition in the Intensive Care Unit at the Regional Medical Center in Memphis. He is expected to recover from his injuries.

The Benton County Sheriff’s Office charged William Sappington with aggravated assault charge.

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