Message From The Sheriff
NICK WELDEN  ( read )
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DeKalb County man charged with Attempted Murder


Michael Hardeman (30 of Valley Head)

An incident occurred on Sunday, January 28th that led to a DeKalb County man being charged with Attempted Murder. The incident occurred in the High Point Community of Sand Mountain.

The charge was filed on Michael Hardeman (30 of Valley Head) late Monday afternoon. Hardeman reportedly pointed a firearm at his neighbor and pulled the trigger, but the weapon failed to discharge.

Before attempting to fire his weapon, Hardeman had swung a hammer; narrowly missing the man. After the firearm failed to discharge, Hardeman allegedly loaded another round of ammunition, and fired a shot in his neighbor’s direction.

The two neighbors were reportedly in a dispute over a property line. Hardeman was arrested on scene and held on a charge of Obstructing Governmental Operations in the DeKalb County Detention Center until the Attempted Murder charges were filed Monday.

DeKalb County Sheriff Nick Welden said of the incident: “Acts of violence such as this will not be tolerated. It’s a blessing that no one was seriously injured, but that was certainly the intent of the suspect.”

“I’d like to commend our deputies for acting in a quick and professional manner in this incident,” said Welden. “I’d also like to thank the Henagar Police Department for responding so quickly to back our guys up."

“God Bless,” concluded Welden.