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Sebastian County Prosecutor Will Not Seek Criminal Charges in Harris Case

Published:   Author Resident Press
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The Office of Sebastian County Prosecutor Daniel Shue announced on Friday, August 27, that his office will not be pursuing any charges against Hartford resident, Daniel Harris. Harris was arrested in Mansfield on Wednesday, August 4, for being in possession of firearms on school property.

Police Chief Wayne Robb responded to the call of a suspicious person in the joint parking lot of Mercy Family Medicine and the Mansfield Elementary School, located at 100 N. Walnut Street. Upon arrival on scene, Robb made contact with a male subject and sought a consent for search. According to Robb, Harris was cooperative and agreeable to the search. That search led to the discovery of four firearms, a set of handcuffs, and a bulletproof vest.

Harris, a Security Corporal at Choctaw Casinos and Resorts, was allegedly waiting inside the vehicle on a female he had brought to the clinic. The female reportedly alerted the staff that she was fearful because of the number of guns Harris had.

The concealed handgun carry license holder was arrested on four charges of firearms possession on school property, class D felonies. He was transported to the Scott County Detention Center and booked in at 8:09 p.m. Following a hearing on Friday, August 6, Harris was released on $35,000 bond.

Charges were pending in both Sebastian and Scott County. Following an investigation into allegations occurring in Sebastian County, the prosecutor’s office announced Friday that no criminal charges will be filed in this case. However, the case remains pending in Scott County. The office of Scott County Prosecutor, Tom Tatum, is aware of the investigation in Sebastian County, however, it is unclear whether or not the decision by Shue’s office will have any bearing on the case going forward in Scott County.

The Scott County Prosecutor’s Office stated they have 60 days to file formal charges against Harris.