2 men arrested for allegedly taking turns to shoot each other while wearing a bulletproof vest

Benton County Sheriff’s OfficeCharles Ferris, left, and Christopher Hicks, right, were arrested for aggravated assault after they took turns shooting each other while wearing a bulletproof vest on March 31, 2019, Benton County Sheriff’s Office said.
  • Two neighbours in Rogers, Arkansas, took turns shooting each other while wearing a bulletproof vest, the local sheriff’s office said.
  • Charles Ferris instructed Christopher Hicks to shoot him in the chest with a semi-automatic gun while they were drinking at home last Sunday night, the sheriff’s deputy said in an affidavit.
  • Ferris was “pissed” when his chest hurt after Hicks shot him, the affidavit said. When it was his turn to shoot, Ferris “unloaded the clip” onto his back, the document added.
  • Ferris initially invented a story about getting shot in a gun fight while protecting a mysterious “asset” when law enforcement first questioned him, the affidavit said.
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Two men in Rogers, Arkansas, were arrested for taking turns shooting each other while the other wore a bulletproof vest, law-enforcement officials said.

Charles Ferris, 50, and his neighbour, 36-year-old Christopher Hicks were drinking on the deck of Ferris’ house on Sunday night when they came up with the idea to shoot each other in the chest with a .22 calibre semi-automatic rifle, Arkansas Deputy Dorian Hendrix of the Benton County Sheriff’s Office said in a Monday affidavit of probable cause.

According to the affidavit, Ferris had a bulletproof vest on and told Hicks to shoot him. The bullet hit the top left of Ferris’ chest, and it hurt but did not penetrate the vest, the affidavit said.

Hicks then put on the vest, and Ferris “unloaded the clip” – the rest of the five rounds in the gun’s magazine – at his neighbour’s back, Hendrix said. Ferris had been “pissed” about getting shot and the wound hurting, the deputy said.

None of the bullets penetrated the vest while Hicks was wearing it, the affidavit said.

Arkansas men shooting mapGoogle Maps/INSIDERMap showing the approximate location of Charles Ferris’ house, where he and his neighbour Christopher Hicks shot each other while wearing a bulletproof vest.

Law-enforcement authorities were called to hospital shortly before 11 p.m. on Sunday after Ferris was admitted with gunshot wounds, the affidavit said.

Ferris initially refused to disclose the truth about the shootings, Hendrix said. Instead, he gave an elaborate tale about being shot while trying to protect a man he called an “asset,” who he said paid him $US200 to keep safe.

Hendrix later got the truth out of Ferris’ wife, Leslie Ferris, whose identity Charles Ferris initially refused to reveal because “he said he didn’t want her to know he had been in a gun fight,” the affidavit said. However, she was the one who took Charles to hospital on Sunday night after he complained of a pain in his chest, Hendrix said.

Charles Ferris also later admitted to inventing the story about the “asset” to protect Hicks, according to the affidavit.

Both men were arrested over aggravated assault, a Class D felony. Both were freed on $US5,000 bail on Tuesday, the New York Post reported, and ordered not to speak to each other, the affidavit said.

Prosecutors have yet to file a formal charge against either of them. They are due in court on May 13.

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