Man allegedly fires gun at child’s mother’s house


A man was arrested Sunday night for allegedly firing gunshots at his child’s mother’s house before leading Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office deputies on a high-speed chase.

Detective Kaleisha Wise said in a probable cause affidavit that responding deputies were told that Darius Branch, 22, came from Little Rock to a house in the 200 block of Royal Avenue at about 10 p.m. Saturday to see his newborn child. The child’s mother allegedly told Branch that it was too late to visit and that he needed to leave.

Wise said in the affidavit that Branch accused the woman of taking a tone with him and, after returning to his vehicle, allegedly fired multiple shots at the woman’s house before driving away. Wise said that the shortly after the woman dialed 911, JCSO Sgt. Yohance Brunson spotted Branch on U.S. 79 near UAPB and attempted to pull him over.

Wise said in the affidavit that Branch sped away and allegedly drove through a red light at U.S. 65 and University Drive, almost hitting a vehicle. Wise said Branch abandoned the car at 17th Avenue and Cherry Street and led Brunson on a short foot chase before being apprehended at 16th Avenue and Cherry Street.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $25,000 bond for Branch after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with felony fleeing and committing a terroristic act.

Bridgforth also ordered Branch to have no contact with his child’s mother until the case is settled.

The Public Defender’s Office was appointed to represent Branch and he was ordered to return to court Aug. 13.