Dallas shooting suspect, 17, charged as an adult

DALLAS -- A 17-year-old arrested after a shooting near Dallas on Feb. 28 has been charged as an adult in crimes related to the incident.



DALLAS -- A 17-year-old arrested after a shooting near Dallas on Feb. 28 has been charged as an adult in crimes related to the incident.

The suspect, Andrew R. Sherwood of Dallas, was arraigned on March 1 on charges of first-degree assault, second-degree assault and unlawful use of a weapon.

Sherwood had also been arrested on attempted murder, but after reviewing the case prosecutors decided not to pursue that charge.

"In reviewing the facts of the case, the necessary intent wasn't there," said Polk County District Attorney Stan Butterfield.

Sherwood is facing Measure 11 charges and therefore is being charged as an adult.

According to police, the victim, 19-year-old Dallas resident Jonathan Walker, was shot in the leg following a fight with Sherwood.

At about 3:40 p.m. on Feb. 28, Polk County Sheriff's deputies were called to 150 Hawthorne Ave. to a report of someone having been shot.

According to a probable cause affidavit the arresting officer filed with Polk County Circuit Court, Sherwood told police Walker had come to his house for a fight. Police wrote in the affidavit that Sherwood said he lost the fight and as Walker was leaving, he grabbed a small caliber semiautomatic rifle from inside his house and fired three shots at Walker.

Walker suffered a gunshot wound to his left calf that was not life-threatening. A Dallas ambulance crew transported him to Salem Hospital for treatment.

Sherwood is due in court on Thursday, March 10, for a preliminary hearing. He is being held at Polk County Jail on $50,000 bail.



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