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A stolen $80 dollars prompts a Smithville shootout

April 7, 2008

Lee County-  An argument over 80 dollars apparently prompted that shootout in Smithville in which an officer was shot at Saturday night.

Angry because someone stole money from him, police say 44 year old Richard Hagar fired three shots around a Livingston Road home. One bullet struck the mobile home. Neisha Brown and her niece and nephew were inside but weren't hurt. Hagar, a convicted felon, also fired on Smithville Officer Gene Bryant and then took off. Police say he dumped the pistol into a pond.

"We had made attempts to recover it, but my diver bumped into a big alligator and he decided we would just have to back off for awhile on trying to find it and it was a lot of debris on the bottom it's going to make it almost impossible to recover the weapon anyway," said Lee County Sheriff's office Chief Dennis Parker.

Hagar is in the Lee County Jail, charged with aggravated assault on a police officer, three counts of aggravated assault, and parole violations.

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