On Jan. 3rd Sharp County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to Eagle Trail Road in Ozark Acres in reference to a shooting where a male subject reportedly had been shot multiple times.

The victim, identified as Joseph Blake Mitchell stated he had been shot four times by Leo Noel.

Law enforcement arrived and discovered Joesph Mitchell in the floor inside his residence with multiple gunshot wounds to his right leg and one in his left leg.

Mitchell was transported to the White River Medical Center in Batesville for non life threatening injuries.

The suspect Leo Noel also contacted authorities saying he had been attacked by Mitchell as he was attempting to leave the residence.

Noel claimed that Mitchell climbed on top of Noel’s truck and began striking the windshield with a machete.

Noel claimed he had shot Mitchell in self-defense, he was detained by the Sharp County Sheriff’s Office as the investigation continued.

Authorities say a search warrant was executed on Noel’s truck and six shell casings were located. Six bullet holes were also located on the driver side of the windshield including evidence of a large object striking from the outside of the vehicle.

Sharp County Sheriff’s Deputies served search warrants on the residences of both individuals. Further investigation and the discovery of two ounces of methamphetamine, marijuana, shrooms, narcotics, needles and 12 firearms. 

Several search warrants were executed in the case.

Following the search warrants, Leo Noel, Randy Mitchell and Jessica Camp were all arrested.

The investigation continues……