Man describes fight with pistol whipping suspect at Athol party



Posted on April 15, 2014 at 7:01 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 15 at 10:07 PM

KOOTENAI COUNTY, Idaho -- A man who was the victim of a brutal pistol whipping at a party over the weekend spoke to KREM 2 News Tuesday.

Authorities in Kootenai County are searching for Terry Clark, 25. They said Clark was at a party Saturday morning when he began violently beating people with a gun. Four people were taken to the hospital.

Michael Bailey, 24, is still recovering from his injuries. He said he was at a party in the woods near Athol when a man he never met became violent.

It happened around 1:30 Saturday morning near old Highway 95 and Brunner Road. Bailey said Clark hit his girlfriend during an argument. When other girls jumped into help, he said Clark started assaulting them with his gun.

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“He had his pistol and started knocking girls left and right knocking him down,” said Bailey.

Bailey said when he tried to stop him, he was hit in the face. Then, he chased after Clark.

“I went after him and grabbed him, threw the gun down and tackled him down to the ground,” said Bailey.

He said he choked Clark unconscious then piled several other victims in his car and headed to the hospital.

“Everyone was piling in and keeping blood from dripping down my face. We had another people that had been hurt,” said Bailey.

Bailey now needs surgery on his cheekbone. He also had to have his ear sewn back together.
Most of the partygoers were gone by the time deputies arrive, including Clark.

Clark is wanted for four counts of aggravated battery. Deputies believe he may be driving a black 1996 Cadillac Eldorado or a 1998 red Pontiac Grand Am.

If you see Clark, you are asked to contact the Kootenai County Sheriff’s Office.