courtesy of Howell County Jail

West Plains man charged with 14 felony counts

A West Plains man is facing multiple felony charges following an incident at a city residence on Nov. 3.
Andrew D. Carter, 35, is being held on a $100,000 bond stemming from gunshots fired from a residence on Ozark Street.
Court records state police were called to the area of Ozark and Marianna regarding approximately four gunshots that had been fired just before 10 p.m. Based on knowledge of the area, police responded to a residence in search of Carter as a possible suspect. 
Upon arrival, the officer believed an odor coming from the residence was due to the recent discharge of a firearm. The officer knocked on the door, which was broken and came open, according to the probable cause statement filed in the case. He yelled to Carter, who came to the door.
Court records indicate Carter told officers he heard a gunshot coming from the area south of his residence. When the officer asked why the house smelled like a firearm had been discharged, Carter allegedly changed his story and told the officer someone had shot at him. He then said someone came inside the residence and shot at him. 
The officer ultimately found three shell casings that appeared to have been fired just prior to officer arrival. Carter denied using the firearm.
Following transport to the West Plains Police station, Carter was searched during routine processing. A bag containing what field tested positive for methamphetamine was found strapped to Carter’s arm with black bandage wrap. Court records state Carter told officers it was methamphetamine, and a sample was sent to the Missouri State Laboratory for testing.
Carter has been charged 14 felony counts including possession of a controlled substance except 35 grams or less of marijuana or synthetic cannabinoid; armed criminal action, five counts; first-degree assault or attempted assault, five counts; two counts of unlawful use of a weapon including possession of weapon and a felony controlled substance, and discharging into home or motor vehicle; and unlawful use of a firearm.
He was set to appear in court Nov. 15 regarding a request for a public defender.
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