‘He was threatening to beat him and kill him’

Neighbor killed after threats, home invasion

A Prairie Creek resident shot and killed a neighbor who had kicked in his door Tuesday evening and tried to assault him, police said.

Johnny Hawthorne shot Mekin Kantaphone with a handgun once in the head in self-defense inside Hawthorne’s home, Benton County sheriff’s Capt. Mike Sydoriak said.

The prosecuting attorney’s office will decide whether the shooting was justified, Sydoriak said.

Kantaphone, 34, sent threatening text and voice messages to Hawthorne, 25, earlier in the day, he said.

There are allegations that the shooter was having an affair with the shootee’s wife. The shootee’s brother tried to keep him from going in, but he couldn’t.

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  1. http://arkansaswatch.blogspot.com/ Tuesday, July 15, 2008 Was Local Shooter a Policeman? We haven’t seen it in the corporate news reporting, but AW has heard from a usually reliable source that the shooter (Johnny Hawthorne) in the Mekin Kantaphone killing is a police officer. Reporter Melissa Sherman did note ‘If a person receives harassing or threatening communication, Sydoriak said the person should contact the authorities as soon as possible. Sydoriak said there were no complaints from Hawthorne about harassment by Kantaphone.’ It seems like a police officer would have known to do this. Prior to the shooting, Hawthorne had been getting threatening text messages from Kantaphone. Kantaphone’s wife was in the residence with Hawthorne at the time Kantaphone started breaking down the door and was shot dead by Hawthorne. posted by Mark Moore (Moderator) at Tuesday, July 15, 2008 1 comments links to this post

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