Gunshots heard in Blytheville, man with shotgun arrested

Gunshots heard in Blytheville, man with shotgun arrested

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - A shots-fired call led to the arrest of a man seen by police carrying a gun in a Blytheville neighborhood.

The call came in around 1 a.m. Wednesday and officers responded to the 700-block of North 1st St., according to Blytheville Police Department Criminal Investigation Division Commander Captain Scott Adams.

Officers spoke with a woman at the intersection at 1st and Moultrie Dr. who said she stepped outside to see "who was shooting a gun."

While talking with her Adams said officers heard a single shot about one block south.

Two more shots that "sounded extremely close" were heard as officers approached South Crescent and 1st.

Another witness hiding behind a pickup truck 10 yards away from the officers reportedly pointed north and said "he has a gun." A shot was heard coming from where the man had pointed.

Adams says officers saw a man, later identified as David Long, 47, carrying a shotgun just north of the South Crescent and 1st intersection.

Long was given "several loud verbal commands to drop the weapon," but Adams says he sat down in a backyard of a home in the 100-block of Center Crescent Dr. and ignored all commands by police.

Long was seen going into the home and turned the porch light out. He later came out of the residence unarmed and approached the street.

Long was "swarmed" by police and told to "get on the ground" to which the man complied, according to Adams. He was then arrested.

As he was being arrested, Adams states officers "noticed a strong odor of intoxicants" on Long.

He was charged with discharging a firearm in the city limits and public intoxication.

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