Man arrested on intimidation, criminal recklessness charges

VERNON — A shot was fired inside a home south of Vernon on Friday that almost struck a law enforcement officer.

While nobody was hurt, deputies with the Jennings County Sheriff’s Department arrested Rodney W. Meek, 57, of 3520 S. County Road 200E on two Level 5 felony charges — criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon and intimidation.

His wife had requested an deputy to come to the home south of the Crosley State Fish and Wildlife Area Friday morning to calm her husband down, deputies said.

After Deputy Anthony Maberry knocked on the door at about 8:45 a.m., the officer heard a gunshot, deputies said.

They determined that Rodney Meek used a 12-gauge shotgun to shoot into a wall just behind the front door where the deputy was standing, deputies said. However, the home’s brick exterior prevented the shot from hitting the officer, deputies said.

After finding cover and calling for assistance, Maberry waited until after other officers arrived to begin talking with Meek, who eventually dropped the shotgun and surrendered without any further incident, deputies said.

Meek was booked into the Jennings County Jail at 9:48 a.m. Friday and is being held there in lieu of $1,055 bond, Jennings County Jail officials said.

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Mark Webber is a reporter for The Republic. He can be reached at mwebber@therepublic.com or 812-379-5636.