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Police fire shots at armed man, none injured

Posted: April 19, 2017 - 12:25am
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Barry Wayne Jones
Barry Wayne Jones

Two Evans men were arrested after a dispute between neighbors led to shots fired by police after one of the neighbors barricaded himself in his home.

Police were called early Tuesday morning by Gregory Thompson Melvin, 45, to his girlfriend's residence in the 4200 block of Arie Circle.

Melvin told police he'd had trouble with Barry Jones, 53, who lived across the street. Melvin told police Jones had texted his girlfriend and said he was coming over to her house, after he saw Melvin leave the property. Melvin said he texted Jones back and told him to stop contacting his girlfriend and that Jones needed to meet him in the street to handle the situation like men, and that he was bringing a gun.

Melvin told police he returned to the Arie Circle residence and fired approximately five shots from the front porch into the air to warn Jones. It was then Melvin told police that he called 911 for assistance.

When police arrived on scene and approached Jones' front door, they could see him through a window with a pistol in his hand. Jones refused multiple commands to put the pistol down and come speak with police. Jones stated that he was protecting his property and refused to come to the door because the man across the street called on him.

After repeatedly being told that the deputies just wanted his side of the story, Jones continued to state that he was not doing anything wrong, according to the report.

Deputies said that Jones became more adamant that he was not doing anything wrong, before he retrieved a rifle and started closing the blinds, barricading himself inside his residence.

Deputies then backed off the porch and took cover in a garage across the street from the residence.

Repeated attempts were made to contact Jones on the phone through dispatch, but without success.

Jones then came out of his residence with a rifle in his hands and went to his vehicle. Police gave numerous commands for Jones to put the gun down. After refusing to put the gun down, Jones then turned toward the deputies, lowering his rifle towards them. Two deputies fired shots at Jones.

Jones was not hit and immediately put the rifle down, put his hands up and was taken into custody. He is charged with aggravated assault and reckless conduct and is currently being held without bond.

Melvin was charged with reckless conduct and released on a $1,600 bond.

 

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