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Man faces attempted murder charges

By Holly Hollman
DAILY Staff Writer

hhollman@decaturdaily.com 340-2445

ARDMORE — An Ardmore man who allegedly put his friend in a chokehold and pointed a shotgun at a deputy is facing attempted murder and other charges, an investigator said.

Limestone County Sheriff's Department Chief Investigator Stanley McNatt said the department received a call Friday around 2 a.m. from a man who said his friend was high on drugs and fighting with him.

McNatt said deputy Josh McLaughlin drove to the home of Heath Dewayne Allison, 29, of 28150 Oak Grove Road.

"Allison was on the porch," McNatt said. "When he saw the deputy pull into the driveway, Allison went inside."

McNatt said that when McLaughlin walked onto the porch, he heard a man scream, " 'Help me! Help me! He's going to kill me!' "

McLaughlin entered the house and found two men in the bedroom. Allison allegedly had his friend in a chokehold with one arm and in his other hand he had a shotgun pointed at McLaughlin, McNatt said.

"The victim threw up his arms and knocked the gun out of Allison's hand," McNatt said. "The deputy retrieved it and unloaded it."

Authorities charged Allison with two counts of third-degree domestic violence. The friend lives with Allison. Authorities also charged him with attempted murder, unlawful imprisonment and menacing.

He remains in Limestone County Jail in lieu of $21,000 bond, but bond has not been set on the attempted murder and unlawful imprisonment charges.

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