Man shot over bet gone bad

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By Patrick Yost


Madison authorities have issued an arrest warrant for Leroy Nelson, Jr., 48, of Rutledge, after he allegedly fired several shots at a man following an argument over a $500 bet.

According to Sgt. Wes Thompson, Madison Police Department, warrants for aggravated assault and possession of a firearm by a convicted felon were taken against Nelson following the Sunday, Jan. 17 incident outside an Overlook Drive residence. Nelson had not been arrested as of press time Tuesday.

Reports state that at approximately 11 p.m., officers were dispatched to the Madison on the Creek subdivision regarding gun shots fired. When officers arrived, several men told them they heard gun shots and then the sound of a vehicle speeding away. A woman on Overlook Drive told officers that someone had fired at her male friend. 

The man appeared and officers confirmed he had been shot in the arm. Thompson said an investigation alleges that Nelson and the man argued regarding a $500 bet on a car race that Nelson lost to the man. Thompson said police believe Nelson chased the man through neighborhood yards, firing eight or nine shots. One shot struck the man in the jacket and grazed his arm. The victim was taken to Morgan Medical Center by his girlfriend, treated and released.

Three 9 mm shell casings were uncovered at the scene, reports state.

On Wednesday, Jan. 20 Morgan County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Chase Young stopped a white Chevrolet Tahoe believed to be owned by Nelson on Fairplay Road, near Knox Chapel Road in Rutledge. Reports state that Nelson’s brother was driving the vehicle and told Young that Nelson was working out of town. Young found and secured a Ruger 9 mm pistol from the vehicle and turned the pistol over to Sgt. Thompson.

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