Sheriff Danny Hickman reports that on Wednesday evening, June 15, Everton Mayor Bill Gerdes was shot in the back and left hand at a residence in Everton. Mayor Gerdes was flown to St. John's Medical Center in Springfield, Missouri, where he is listed in critical condition.
Hickman reports that the Sheriff's Department responded to a report of this shooting in Everton that eventually led to an approximately 7 hour standoff with the suspect, Justin N. Bates, age 35. The Arkansas State Police Special Response Team was called in to assist and the standoff ended with Bates being taken into custody. Formal charges are pending at this time.
Sheriff Hickman will hold a Press Conference today, Thursday, June 16 at 1:30 p.m. here at the Boone County Sheriff's Office. All members of the press are invited to attend.