Police: Man fires gun during argument, throws rocks into neighbors yard

SPRINGFIELD, Ore. -- Springfield Police arrested a man for firing a .22 caliber pistol during a fight early Sunday morning, making for their third handgun-fired-during-fight arrest within 24 hours.

At around 1 a.m. Sunday morning officers responded to a call reporting shots fired at 5505 B Street in Springfield.

The caller said that his neighbor, identified as Kurt Stephen Elkins, 25, shot his handgun into the air while arguing with a man in the street outside his house. They reported after firing the shot, Elkins came over to their house and started throwing rocks into their yard.

Arriving officers took Elkins into custody before questioning him about the incident.

Elkins told police that an unknown man in the street threatened him with a knife.

Elkins said that he got his handgun from a nearby truck and fired a single round into the air, causing the man to run away.

Police said that Elkins then put away his gun, walked to a nearby residence and started throwing rocks at the house, thinking that the unidentified man lived there.

Police charged Elkins with shooting a firearm within city limits, criminal mischief and disorderly conduct.

Officials found the .22 handgun inside Elkins' truck as well as a matching shell casing in the street.

Police officers are still looking for the second man involved. Police describe him as a white male in his 40's, possibly wearing a dark jacket and blue jeans.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call Springfield Police at (541) 726-3714.

This incident marks the third arrest made in 24 hours in which someone fired a handgun during a fight.

A man was arrested early Saturday morning for shooting a stolen gun into the air during a "race-related" fight between several white and black men, Springfield Police said.

Police arrested a man for firing a shot into the side of his neighbor's home Saturday morning, officials said.