Janet Barber

Grove Sun

DELAWARE COUNTY – One man was killed and another wounded in two separate shootings in Delaware County Sunday.

Charlie Husong, Jr. was fatally shot Sunday, according to reports.

Michael Dean Brewer, 48, of Zena, was arrested at 4:30 p.m. after he called the Delaware County Sheriff’s Department to tell them that he had shot Husong, who was a “friend” of his, during an argument at Husong’s home in Zena.

Husong was pronounced dead at the scene and his death has been officially ruled a homicide by the medical examiner’s office.

No bond was set for Brewer as of Monday morning during district court arraignments. He could be facing charges of first-degree murder.

Earlier the same day, at 5 a.m. Delaware County authorities received a call from Tia Juana reporting that a home had been broken into and the owner had been shot.

When officers arrived, they found John Evert Herring, 48, shot once in the chest with an unknown caliber weapon. He was life-flighted St. Francis Hospital in Joplin and listed in good condition.

According to the incident report filed by Sheriff’s Captain Ron Teel, one of the suspects in the case, James Douglas Elam, 29 of Strang, had been detained by officers with Mayes County and transported back to the scene.

During a search of the residence, officers found numerous shell casings and took samples of blood from the carpet.

Elam was taken into custody and during an interview with officers disclosed that he and James Austin Herbeck, 50, also from Strang, went to the Herring home to settle a dispute about who stole methamphetamines from Herring.

Elam claims they both went to the residence with guns and when they confronted Herring, he pulled a pistol from under his couch and started shooting at them. They returned fire and went outside to take cover, still shooting in Herring’s direction.

Elam was asked where Herbeck could be found and he told Captain Teel that officers would not be able to find him as he had spent 19 years in a federal prison and “is not going to go back without a fight.”

A criminal background check on Elam showed that he was incarcerated on drug charges in Arkansas after a felony conviction for possession with intent to manufacture methamphetamine in Benton County, AR in 2000. He also escaped from custody in Texarkana County, AR in 2002.

A criminal background check on Herbeck showed he had felony convictions for aggravated assault and unlawful possession of a firearm in Colby County, Kansas in 1991 and in 1999 United States Marshall in Lincoln, Nebraska for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. He is also guilty of probation violation in 2006 in Lincoln, Nebraska.

A background check on Herring showed he had a felony conviction from Mayes County for possession of a controlled dangerous substance with intent to distribute in 2008.

Herbeck is still at large. He is 50 years old, white, with blue eyes, 5’11” tall and weighs 240 pounds.

Anyone who sees him is being asked to contact a local law enforcement agency.

Elam remains incarcerated on a $125,000 bond.

The two could face charges of shooting with intent to kill and convicted felon in possession of a firearm, both felonies.