Janet Barber

Grove Sun

ATWOOD, KANSAS – Kansas authorities have arrested a Strang man in connection with a shooting that happened in Tia Juana last weekend.

James Austin Herbeck, 50, is in custody in the Rawlins County jail after officers detained him Wednesday night.

On July 17, Herbeck, along with James Douglas Elam, 29, also of Strang, allegedly broke into the home of John Evert Herring, 48, and shot him over a dispute about who stole methamphetamines from Herring, according to the incident report filed by Delaware County Sheriff’s Captain Ron Teel.

Herring was life flighted to St. Francis Hospital in Tulsa where he was listed in good condition.

Elam was detained on Sunday evening by Mayes County officers and transported to the Delaware County Jail. Formal charges of shooting with intent to kill and possessing firearms after conviction or during probation were filed on July 20. He remains incarcerated in lieu of a $1,250,000 bond.

Herbeck remains incarcerated in Rawlins County awaiting transport to the Delaware County jail. A bond of $1,000,000 has been set. No local charges have been filed in Rawlins County.

A criminal background on Elam showed that he was incarcerated for drug charges in Arkansas after a felony conviction for possession with intent to manufacture methamphetamine in Benton, County AR in 2000. He was also charged with escaping from authorities 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 in Lincoln, Nebraska for conspiracy to distribute methamphetamine. He was also found guilty of a probation violation in 2006 in Lincoln.

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