Man arrested after reportedly firing shot


A reported armed disturbance Monday afternoon resulted in the arrest of a man who allegedly pointed a gun a woman walking across yard.

James Pridgeon, 70, is a convicted felon and should not have had the gun, Deputy Prosecutor Bryan Achorn said during a court hearing for Pridgeon Tuesday.

Detective Steve Rucker reported that Pridgeon yelled at the woman not to walk across his yard and the two engaged in a shouting and cursing match before Pridgeon “told her he had something for her.”

Achorn said Pridgeon went into the house, got a gun, pointed it at the woman and fired a shot before taking the gun back inside the house.

Rucker reported that Pridgeon waived his right to an attorney and admitted firing the shot.

Achorn said Pridgeon had a prior conviction for aggravated robbery in 1978.

Pine Bluff District Judge John Kearney set a $10,000 cash only bond for Pridgeon after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with aggravated assault, and being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Kearney also ordered Pridgeon to have no contact with the alleged victim and to come back to court May 1.