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Court date pushed back for man who fired on deputies
0610 Eric Harrison

An Eden man who is charged with shooting at Effingham County Sheriff’s deputies will have his local court date pushed back as he’s also been charged with a federal crime.

Eric Ramon Harrison has been charged with two counts of aggravated assault on a police officer, two criminal attempts to commit murder, possession of a firearm during commission of a felony, two counts of possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and simple battery for a June 8 incident. According to an indictment handed down in August, Harrison fired shots from a .32-caliber pistol at Effingham County Sheriff’s deputies Danny Harrington and Dawn Devoss.

The deputies had responded to a domestic dispute at Harrison’s Foxbow Farms home. Neighbors made multiple calls to 911 about a man with a gun at the house.

While deputies were trying to get Harrison to come out of the house, he walked outside and shot at them, according to authorities. Harrison surrendered after a brief standoff.

The grand jury charged Harrison with simple battery/family violence related to the domestic dispute that night. The indictment states Harrison injured his wife “by pushing her and striking her neck.”

As a convicted felon, Harrison was not supposed to have a gun. He was convicted on drug and weapons charges in Morgan County in 1998, according to the indictment.

A federal grand jury indicted Harrison for possession of a firearm by a convicted felon for having a .32-caliber pistol on or about June 8, 2014. He changed his plea from not guilty to guilty on Dec. 3.

Harrison was placed on the Effingham County Superior Court March trial calendar. He will be sentenced in U.S. District Court in March or April.