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BREAKING NEWS: Flat Tire Leads to Standoff and Arrest

MEANSVILLE - Pike County Deputies responded yesterday afternoon to a report of a citizen’s car being shot on Bankston Road. Upon arrival it was learned that the victim had sustained a flat tire while driving on the roadway and had pulled over to change the tire on her vehicle. While inside of the vehicle, gunshots were heard by the victim and a bullet struck her car going through a window and into the interior of the car. [Note from the Editor: This article was corrected from saying outside of the car to reporting that she was inside of the car.]

Investigators were able to narrow down the location from which the gun had been discharged to the area of 1927 Bankston Road. Initial attempts to contact anyone at this residence were unsuccessful. Several hours later, two Deputies returned to the address to follow up on the initial complaint.

Deputies observed a door standing open to the residence and tried to contact anyone inside the residence through the open door. During this time the resident, Timothy Jones (60 years of age), began to verbally threaten the Deputies and fired a rifle at the Deputies narrowly missing them.

The Deputies were able to get to a safer location and request for additional personnel to assist them. A stand off ensued during which Jones refused to come out of the residence and told Deputies that he was armed and ready to fight.

Jones eventually came out onto the front porch of his residence at which time Deputies were able to deploy a taser and incapacitate him. He was taken into custody and transported to the Pike County Jail.

The standoff began around 10 p.m. and ended after 2 a.m. this morning.

A search warrant conducted in the residence resulted in numerous firearms being recovered. Several spent shell casing were recovered that are believed to be from Jones shooting the vehicle earlier in the day and at the Deputies.

Charges for Timothy Jones include the following: two counts of aggravated assault on law enforcement, aggravated assault, and possession of a firearm during commission of a crime.

UPDATE 4:19 P.M. When I asked Major David Neal whether the suspect was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time of the arrest, I was advised the following: "That is unknown."

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Submitted 10.17.17