Man arrested in flare gun incident


A homeless Marathon man was arrested Thursday for shooting another man in the head with a flare gun earlier this year.


The 45-year-old victim was found in the Kmart parking lot at 3:50 a.m. on June 13 bleeding from the head and was taken to Fishermen’s Hospital in Marathon with non-life threatening injuries.


A witness stated he saw the suspect shoot the victim twice with a flare gun in the Brass Monkey bar parking lot. The witness stated the victim and the suspect were fighting.


A flare gun containing one spent flare cartridge and three live flares, a bloody hat and five cans of alcoholic beverage were all found at the bar parking lot and were taken into evidence.


The suspect was identified as 46-year-old Joseph Edward Dooley, but the victim declined to press charges.


Nonetheless, Detectives filed warrants for Dooley’s arrest for firing a weapon in public, possession of a weapon by a convicted felon and failure to register as a convicted felon.


Dooley was booked into jail on Thursday.