DALTON, AR - A Randolph County man was arrested shortly before daylight this morning following a lengthy police stand-off in a rural area near Dalton, close to the Arkansas-Missouri state line.
Randolph County Sheriff Gary Tribble says the incident began shortly before 6 p.m. Wednesday evening, and was not resolved until 28-year-old James A. King was arrested by a State Police SWAT team just before dawn today.
Tribble says the trouble began at approximately 5:45 p.m. yesterda when King, also known as Andy King, showed up at a residence on Baker Den Road in northern Randolph County, where he asked for the homeowner's daughter. When the homeowner told King she wasn't there, King became beligerant and allegedly fired a shot at the man before finally leaving the residence, according to Tribble. The sheriff says the incident was then reported to his office, which in turn notified authorities in neighboring Oregon County (MO) of the incident and asked them be on the lookout for King.
King was eventually located in the Dalton area, where police found him in a remote field. Tribble says when authorities approached the suspect, he "became combative and argumentative, and began firing shots in the air." The sheriff said King then fired a shot which struck a patrol car, at which point officers returned fire.
Thus began a long stand-off which continued into the evening, and then the overnight hours. Randolph County officers were assisted by officers with the Pocahontas Police Department, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission, Arkansas State Police and fire department personnel.
SWAT officers eventually arrested King without further incident just before daybreak.
According to Tribble, King faces charges of aggravated assault (two counts), terroristic threatening (two counts), felony possession of a firearm (two counts), criminal trespassing, criminal mischief and criminal attempt to commit murder.
The sheriff said his office is very familiar with King, who has a lengthy criminal record.