Suspect arrested in Poinsett County standoff identified

Published: Aug. 16, 2022 at 3:49 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 16, 2022 at 7:02 PM CDT
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POINSETT COUNTY, Ark. (KAIT) - A Harrisburg man with a gun who held sheriff’s deputies at bay for hours in Poinsett County was arrested Tuesday afternoon.

According to the Poinsett County Sheriff’s Office, around 10 a.m., Aug. 16, dispatch received a call about a noise complaint on Dawson Lane east of Harrisburg.

Deputies responded and learned the person later identified as 57-year-old Joseph James Wilson had been playing loud music and shooting a gun outside a home.

A news release stated deputies tried to make contact with Wilson and saw “a large number of spent handgun cartridges” near the home.

Deputies tried to speak to Wilson through a window but he closed the window after just saying a few words. He later threw a box of ammo out of the home into the middle of the street.

A search and arrest warrant was eventually obtained and Wilson was taken into custody without incident, according to the news release.

The Craighead County Sheriff’s Office Special Response Team also helped Poinsett County deputies with arresting Wilson.

Wilson was charged with felony aggravated assault.

Region 8 News will update this story as more details become available.

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