Uniontown man shot in face

Published 12:00 am Friday, March 25, 2005

Shots fired in a Uniontown trailer park Wednesday night came within inches of claiming a life.

Clinton Jackson, 58, of Uniontown has been arrested in connection with the incident and charged with Assault in the first degree. Uniontown Chief of Police Donald Rhodes said Jackson is currently being held in Perry County Jail, awaiting a bond hearing scheduled for late Thursday afternoon.

According to Rhodes, bad blood had already existed between Jackson and the shooting victim before the events of Wednesday night. Both are believed to live I nthe same trailer park where the shooting occurred.

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“There had already been a previous altercation between the two,” Rhodes said. “[The victim] was supposedly playing cards last night at one of the trailers in the trailer park.”

The card game was interrupted, however, when Jackson arrived in the trailer and tempers flared.

“He happened to show up,” Rhodes said, “and there was another altercation.”

This time, tensions rose to the point where Jackson allegedly pulled a gun and shot the victim in the face.

“He was shot in the jaw…the lower facial area,” Rhodes said.

The victim was rushed to UAB Medical Center and Rhodes believes he is “expected to recover.”

“He’s lucky to be alive,” Rhodes added, noting that the shot came very close to causing a fatal brain injury.

Rhodes said he believes the shooting took place shortly before 9 p.m., when Uniontown police arrived on the scene and took Jackson into custody. Jackson was officially placed under arrest at Uniontown City Hall at 1:25 a.m., according to the Uniontown P.D. report.

The identity of the victim could not be confirmed as of press time.