A Henry man was arrested on felony charges Monday after he allegedly repeatedly harassed three men visiting the Henry County area for a week-long hunting trip.
An incident report by Sheriff’s Sgt. Wayne Fuqua stated the initial harassment began Sunday morning when Sean M. Oliver, 28, 287 Meadows Road, shined a flashlight at one of the visitors walking toward a deer stand and fired a gunshot into the ground.
Oliver began shouting at the visitor, who explained that they own the property they were staying in, which is near Oliver’s residence, and were there to hunt. One of the visitors is from Spring Hill. The other two are from Florida and South Carolina.
The hunters called the Henry County Sheriff’s Department, and Fuqua had them meet with Oliver. They subsequently agreed to keep peace and contact each other if there were any problems.
That agreement allegedly was spoiled later that same day as Oliver began harassing the visitors while they were out hunting, using gunshots and excessive yelling, causing a disturbance and scaring off the wildlife.
The visitors tried to park in different locations and approach their deer stands from other directions on Monday. This time someone pulled up in a gray SUV and started honking the horn at them. More gunshots and yelling ensued throughout the day and the visitors eventually contacted the Sheriff’s Department to press charges.
This time, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency got involved. TWRA Officer Greg Barker assisted Fuqua in arresting Oliver at 4:39 p.m. Monday at his home.
Oliver was charged with aggravated assault and harassment of hunters. In Fuqua’s report, Barker explains that someone who interferes with legal and lawful hunting can be charged with harassment of hunters. The aggravated assault charge was for firing the gun and putting the visitors in fear for their lives. Oliver was scheduled to appear Tuesday in Henry County General Sessions Court. He has a bond set at $12,500.
In an unrelated incident, a Buchanan man was arrested by Sheriff’s Deputy James Cole Sunday afternoon and charged with theft over $10,000 and evading arrest, both felonies.
Adam Holland, 31, 5165 Rabbit Creek Road, was taken into custody at 1:27 p.m. at his home.
He was scheduled to appear Tuesday in General Sessions Court. His bond was set at $35,000.