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A television cameraman was attacked Thursday afternoon while shooting video in Davidson County.

WGHP received a news tip Wednesday regarding concerns over two horses owned by Danny Kirkus. County Commissioner Cathy Dunn and a member of the U.S. Equine Rescue League shared concerns over the welfare of several horses.

Chris Weaver, a cameraman for WGHP-TV, was shooting video of the horses alongside a public road in Davidson County when Kirkus approached him holding a large stick and a bucket of horse feed.

Kirkus swung the stick at the cameraman twice, hitting him once on the lower leg.

The cameraman and a WGHP-TV reporter returned to the television truck where they were again approached by Kirkus. The suspect again raised the stick at the cameraman but did not swing.

The cameraman was not seriously injured.

The Davidson County Sheriff's Department arrested Danny Kirkus Sr. and charged him with two felonies including assault with a deadly weapon.

Sheriff David Grice acknowledged they have received several calls about the welfare of the horses over the past year but said the treatment does not rise to the level of abuse.