A 26-year-old Noxen man is in jail on $1 million bail, after authorities say he shot two persons with a bow and arrow Friday morning.

According to court records, Russell Hamilton Heath of 135 Island Road shot his mother and a neighbor around 10 a.m.

Sharon L. Heath told state police she was outside of her residence talking with her neighbor, William R. Butler, when she felt a burning sensation in her back. Butler said she screamed because she was shot in the back with an arrow.

Butler told police he pulled the arrow out of Heath’s back, and then was struck in the chest with an arrow. He said Heath’s son was standing in the front porch of the home he shares with his mother on Island Road, holding a bow with an arrow knocked.

According to court papers, Butler said he tried to protect himself with a folding chair. He noted that the young man went running down Island Road with the bow and arrow in his hand.

A neighbor on Dry Creek Lane told police that he had been out cutting grass but when he came in, he observed a bow and arrows that were in his garage that were not his and told authorities.

Heath was taken into custody at the intersection of Island Road and Route 29, not too far from where the bow and arrows were found. It was noted that he he had a black bow string release in his pants pocket.

Heath was arraigned at 6:15 p.m., Friday, before Magisterial District Judge Carl Smith in Tunkhannock on two felony counts each of attempted criminal homicide and aggravted assault. Judge Smith set bail at $1 million, and Heath was remanded to the Wyoming County jail.

He is scheduled for a preliminary hearing before Judge Smith on June 11.


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