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Gunfire, fight ends in felony charges

GRANGEVILLE – A gunfire incident in Grangeville earlier this month has resulted in felony charges for two 35-year-old men.

Preliminary hearings are set this Friday, Oct. 17, in magistrate court for Mike A. Heisey of Moriarty, N.M., and Abraham A. Oman of Grangeville. Released from jail on $5,000 bail, Heisey is charged with unlawful possession of a firearm, a felony, and misdemeanor charges of possession of marijuana (less than three ounces) and possession of drug paraphernalia. Out on $20,000 bail, Oman is charged with aggravated assault and unlawful possession of a firearm, both felonies, and misdemeanor unlawful discharge of a firearm.

Charges resulted from an Oct. 3 incident at a West North 6th Street residence reported around 9:14 p.m., according to court records. Responding to a report of gunfire, Grangeville Police Officer Phillip Smith arrived at the scene to find Heisey appearing to be choking Oman who was lying on the ground.

According to the report, the incident began when Heisey was talking to an unidentified woman on his cell phone and making disparaging comments about Oman. Oman is then alleged to have gone into the residence and returned with a 12-gauge shotgun, fired it once in the air, pointed it at Heisey and then pointed it back up and discharged it a second time. In his interview, Oman admitted to firing the shotgun twice but that he never pointed it at Heisey. At this point, Heisey wrestled away the shotgun and struck Oman in the face, and a scuffle ensued, which was then broken up by Officer Phillips.

During a consent search, an AK-47 style rifle was found in Heisey’s, along with a quantity of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. Along with the shotgun, Oman was also allegedly in possession of a 30-06 rifle.

The men were charged with unlawful possession of a firearm as both are convicted felons: Heisey on a 2003 aggravated assault conviction out of Bernalillo County, N.M., and Oman on a 2000 first-degree assault conviction out of Clatsop County, Ore.

Phillips was assisted on the incident by Idaho County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Chris Williams and Idaho State Police Trooper William Adams.


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