Man Charged in Shooting of Deer Hunter in Hart Co.

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia

A Hart County man is facing multiple charges in connection with a shooting incident while he allegedly hunted deer illegally.

It happened Thursday evening on property off Elrod Ferry Road in Hart County.

That is near U.S. Highway 29 North/Anderson Highway.

Hart County Sheriff Mike Cleveland said the victim, identified as Bren Stone, was shot while hunting on his property.

“Stone was taken to AnMed Medical Center in Anderson where he underwent four hours of surgery,” Cleveland said. “The man who shot him left, knowing he had shot Stone. Had he (Stone) not had his cell phone, he would have bled to death right there in the bottom of the field. The bullet went through his arm and into his abdomen where it did a lot of damage.”

Cleveland said he called in assistance from Georgia Department of Natural Resources law enforcement officers, Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents, and the Georgia State Patrol, which used helicopters along with a tracking dog to locate the suspect.

Cleveland said the suspect was found later hiding out in the Reed Creek community of HartCounty.

“We went looking for him after we took the warrants for him. We knew who we were looking for,” he said. “He was found in the upper part of the Reed Creek Community waiting on a ride to take him out of the county. We got him, we got the rifle used in the shooting and other evidence. It’s just a real good case.”

Authorities arrested 28-year-old Henry Allen Harris of Bowman Friday afternoon.

They have alleged Harris was hunting illegally when he shot Stone and then fled the scene.

Cleveland said Harris faces a litany of charges.

“He’s charged with everything from felony assault, failing to render aid, hunting without a license, hunting without a vest, to reckless discharge of a firearm,” he said.

Cleveland said Harris has refused to talk with investigators about the incident.

He added that four other people have been arrested in connection with the case and charged with Giving False Statements and Hindering Apprehension of a Criminal.

Cleveland said those four people are 31-year-old Amanda Herrington, 33-year-old Michael Crocker, 51-year-old Eddie Carroll, and 49-year-old Brenda Carroll, all of Hartwell.

As for the victim, Cleveland said Stone was moved to a regular room on Sunday and is expected to recover.