An Aug. 30 incident involving threats and a firearm has led to the arrest of a suspect on felony charges.
According to a probable cause affidavit sworn by Detective Sgt. Michael Oost of the Paragould Police Department’s Street Crimes Unit, officers arrested David Justin Chism, 39, of Paragould, on charges of one count each of terroristic threatening and aggravated assault, both Class D felonies. Chism also faces misdemeanor charges.
According to Oost’s affidavit, officers responded to a residence on North Seventh Street regarding a report of a man who said another man had pointed a gun at him. The officers spoke with a juvenile who reportedly told them a man had pulled up in front of his residence in a truck. The complainant said the man in the truck pointed a handgun at him and demanded he leave the city.
The unidentified man reportedly then continued to point the gun in an aggressive manner at the victim, who told officers he raised his hands and backed away from the suspect. The victim also told officers that after uttering unknown threats, the suspect drove off, almost causing a collision on Court Street.
A witness who lives across the street from the victim reportedly confirmed the victim’s account of the incident, giving added details about both the suspect vehicle and the handgun.
Moments later, according to Oost’s affidavit, a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle was reportedly involved in a hit-and-run collision. A witness provided officers with a photo of the vehicle’s license plate, which returned to a woman and a residence on Brighton Street, in which Chism resides.
At that address, officers reportedly spoke with the woman, who said Chism had been driving the truck while intoxicated, according to the affidavit. She also said he had told her he had pointed a gun at another person.
After officers obtained a search warrant and had deployed a Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team, Chism reportedly surrendered after “a couple of hours of negotiation.”
Chism remains in the Greene County Detention Center on a $10,000 cash-only bond. According to the affidavit, the bond is conditioned upon Chism not having any contact with any alleged victim or potential witnesses in the matter.