James Crutchfield, 31, of Sallisaw was charged Jan. 3 in Sequoyah County District Court with possessing a firearm after conviction or during probation-a felony and reckless conduct with firearm-a misdemeanor.
According to the probable cause affidavit filed with the charges, a Sallisaw police officer was dispatched to Motel 6 on Jan. 1 in response to a report of a gunshot heard coming from one of the rooms. When the officer arrived he observed a white male staggering outside of a room. The subject was taken into custody without incident and identified himself as James Ray Crutchfield.
Crutchfield allegedly advised officers that he was drunk and did not shoot anyone but had discharged one round from his Cobra .380 into the ceiling of the motel room. He stated that the firearm was still inside of the room.
Officers retrieved the firearm along with one spent casing and observed a hole in the ceiling consistent with Crutchfield's story. Crutchfield was then placed under arrest and taken to the Sallisaw Police station where it was discovered that he had been convicted of prior felony charges. He was then booked into the county jail without incident.
The felony charge is punishable by imprisonment for 1 to 10 years. The misdemeanor is punishable by a fine of $50 -$500 or imprisonment for 10 days- 6 months, or both.
Crutchfield was released on a bond of $11,000 and is scheduled to appear for arraignment on Jan. 9.
KXMX News Staff
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