Police use SWAT team to make arrest


Pine Bluff police had to use members of their SWAT team early Saturday morning after a man barricaded himself into a room on the second floor of his house and refused to communicate with officers.

Officers wanted to talk to James Kinsey, 35, who had allegedly choked his wife during an altercation, Detective Brad Vilches said in a probable cause affidavit.

Karen Kinsey said her husband had been drinking alcohol, taking pills and had a gun, Deputy Prosecutor Maxie Kizer said during a court hearing for Kinsey Monday.

She also told police her husband had pointed a gun at her while she was holding their baby on Aug. 29, and said he went upstairs and locked himself in a room.

Several officers including Police Chief Brenda Davis-Jones and Sgt. Edna Butler went into the house and tried to talk to Kinsey but were unsuccessful so SWAT was called and they were able to arrest Kinsey without incident.

Vilches also reported that Kinsey had served two tours in Iraq and was being treated by medical officials with the Veteran’s Administration for Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and for a brain injury.

Jefferson County District Judge Kim Bridgforth set a $25,000 bond for Kinsey after ruling prosecutors had probable cause to charge him with two counts of aggravated assault.

Bridgforth also ordered Kinsey to have no contact with his wife or the minor children until the case is settled and to come back to court Nov. 5.