A local man was arrested Monday morning on a felony battery charge for allegedly shooting his brother in the leg at an area motel on Sunday.
Eryk Kent Prater, 38, who lists a Marion Anderson Road address, was taken into custody around 10 a.m. at the Garland County Sheriff's Office and charged with first-degree domestic battery, punishable by up to 20 years in prison.
Prater, who lists no prior felony history, remained in custody Tuesday in lieu of a $50,000 bond and is set to appear today in Garland County District Court.
According to the probable cause affidavit, shortly before 12:30 p.m. Sunday, the sheriff's office received numerous 911 calls regarding an alleged shooting at Motel 6, 106 Lookout Point.
One of the callers, Candy May, who is the mother of Eryk Prater and the victim, Blake Prater, stated her son, Blake Prater, had called her stating he was shot by Eryk Prater.
She told 911 dispatchers Eryk Prater came to her home to wash some clothes earlier in the day and, after he left, she discovered a firearm was missing from her residence.
Deputies responded to the motel and found Blake Prater in one of the rooms with an injury to his leg and what was described as "large amounts of blood."
He reportedly told deputies his brother had shot him and left the scene in a red Ford Taurus. He didn't know where his brother was going when he left.
Deputies determined the motel room was being rented by Eryk Prater and he and Blake Prater had been staying there since Jan. 1. It was also noted Eryk Prater had a maroon Ford Taurus registered in his name.
The affidavit did not indicate a motive for the shooting or if Eryk Prater gave a statement to sheriff's investigators after his arrest.