Madison man faces assault charge in shooting

A Madison County man was charged with assault Tuesday, accused of shooting another man in the face in January, Kentucky State Police said.

Denver Rearick is charged with first-degree assault in the Jan. 22 shooting of Matthew C. Richie, 26.

State police initially said the shooting was accidental as the two Army veterans twirled loaded handguns in the 400 block of Waco Loop Road in Richmond.

"We decided to charge Rearick based upon the fact it was reckless, handling a loaded weapon under the influence," said Trooper Chris Lanham, spokesman for the state police post in Richmond. Richie was shot with a .45-caliber pistol.

Richie continues to recover at Cardinal Hill Hospital in Lexington, Lanham said.