Disturbance call leads to man’s arrest


A reported armed disturbance Sunday afternoon on Highway 79B led to the arrest of a man who allegedly pointed a gun at two women in a vehicle and fired two shots.

John Sanders, 31, told sheriff’s investigators he was angry at his girlfriend, who was in the car, and said he fired the shots in the air, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Sgt. Mickey Buffkin said in a probable-cause affidavit presented in court Tuesday.

Deputy Prosecutor Nicole Pugh said deputies were sent to a house in the 1000 block of U.S. 79B at 6:38 p.m., and while en route, were told that a man later identified as Sanders had a handgun and had left the house walking toward Wabbaseka.

Buffkin said in the affidavit that deputies found Sanders walking and when he saw the deputies, he threw a .40-caliber handgun in a ditch where it was recovered.

Two shell casings were recovered when deputies took Sanders back to the residence. According to witnesses, Sanders fired one shot in the air and a second at a vehicle containing two women, including one who was eight months pregnant. The shot missed and Buffkin said in the affidavit that deputies found no damage to the vehicle.

When he was interviewed, Sanders said his girlfriend had taken his cellphone and left the residence and when she returned, he fired the shots in the air.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $10,000 bond for Sanders, who Pugh said had no prior convictions or pending charges, after ruling that prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with three counts of aggravated assault, one each for the two women in the vehicle and one for the unborn child.

Sanders also was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victims until the case is settled.