Buck Best, 25, was at 301 Hwy 52 in Lafayette when he threatened to kill Matthew Sanders, and then fired three shots into the air. After fleeing the scene, with police searching the area, he came upon a local homeowner and asked to be hidden. When the witness refused, Best fled into the woods.
The next morning, law enforcement officers discovered four marijuana plants on Best’s porch when they came to his residence to serve a warrant.
“Started out when the owner of the trailer park called in and said that trailer 7 and trailer 3 was feuding and that shots had been fired,” said Sergeant Shane Reed. “Myself and Justin Adams got over there, and what had happened was that Buck and Matthew Sanders had gotten to arguing, got into a little fight, and according to the witness statement, Best pulled a pistol out of his pocket and fired it into the air about three times. He knew he was in trouble; by the time we got there he was already running into the woods. He got away from us then, got off into the woods on us; we looked for him for a period time and couldn’t find him.
“We knew he was coming back home sometime, so I went back to the office and wrote a warrant on it. I went to get him around five am, and he was asleep in the bed. Got him arrested, but I was afraid he’d run again, so I had some County officers with me again who went to the back of the home to make sure he didn’t jump out a window or something. While they were back there they discovered three marijuana plants in pots. Then we noticed a small starter marijuana plant under the front porch.”
Charges include unlawful possession of a firearm, evading arrest, reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct, cultivating marijuana, in addition to the aggravated assault charge.
Best was arrested with a $77,500 bond. General Sessions court date is August 15, 2012.