Man arrested for shooting at several people

Man arrested for shooting at several people
Deshunte Pointer (Source: Mississippi County Jail via Vinelink)
Deshunte Pointer (Source: Mississippi County Jail via Vinelink)

BLYTHEVILLE, AR (KAIT) - Blytheville police arrested a man and woman Monday after several people reported being shot at.

Around 8:45 p.m., officers heard shots in the area of South Walker Boulevard.

They were then flagged down by two people who said they had just been shot at by 27-year-old Andrew Perry, driving a silver Nissan SUV, according to a press release from Captain Scott Adams with the Blytheville Police Department.

Officers began checking the area and talked to residents of a house at the intersection of East Main and Walker.

A woman said she and six children were inside the house when they heard numerous shots. The woman said a projectile came through the back door while the shots were being fired.

Officers took pictures at that scene then went to Perry's house on South Ruddle, which is a few blocks away.

Perry is an active parolee and the officers were familiar with him. As they approached his house, officers saw the described car pulling up to Perry's house.

He told officers they could not search his vehicle, but was reminded that he could not refuse consent because of his supervised status.

Police say the owner of the vehicle and Perry's girlfriend, 26-year-old Deshunte Pointer, attempted to interfere with the officers.

They then began to take her into custody on several outstanding warrants, but Perry started fighting with officers.

He began to punch them. One officer was punched in the face, which resulted in bruising and swelling to his cheek, according to the press release.

They were both taken into custody after officers deployed both a taser and pepper spray.

On Tuesday, officers were called back to the area of the shooting because it was found that three vehicles at three different addresses had been hit by bullets.

Officers were able to collect several spent casings.

According to Adams, they got a search warrant for the Nissan SUV and found a loaded, defaced 9-milometer Ruger handgun under the front seat.

Perry was arraigned in Osceola District Court on Wednesday.

Probable cause was found to charge him with two counts of aggravated assault, seven counts of terroristic act, four counts of criminal mischief, hindering apprehension, resisting arrest, second-degree battery of law enforcement officer, possession of a firearm by certain persons, possession of a defaced firearm and driving on a suspended driver's license.

His bond was set at $250,000 and he is scheduled to appear in circuit court Sept. 29.

According to the press release, Perry also has a lengthy arrest history that includes criminal mischief, driving while intoxicated, resisting arrest, harassing communications, battery, domestic battery, theft of property, breaking or entering, residential burglary, terroristic threatening, and possession of a defaced firearm.

He also failed to make court-ordered payments, failed to appear in court, and is currently on parole for a battery charge that stemmed from him allegedly shooting someone in 2015.

Pointer was charged with misdemeanors for obstructing governmental operations, resisting arrest, several failure to appear warrants and nonpayment of fines.

She is scheduled to appear in court September 15.

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