Police arrest man who pointed, fired gun

From Local Sources


JASPER — Police called early today to the report of a domestic disturbance involving a firearm were able to arrest a man accused of pointing and firing a gun without firing shots of their own.

Jasper Police Department officers arriving at apartments at 448 W. 43rd St. at about 4 a.m. could hear shots being fired at the location.

Officers observed a suspect on an apartment balcony holding a handgun. Shortly thereafter, police said, the man fired a round that appeared to be shot into the ceiling of the balcony.

Police said the man, later identified as Maxwell J. Elliott, 18, with no current address, then held the weapon as though he was pointing it at someone. Police determined Elliott was pointing the weapon at a female but, due to lighting, location and sight issues, officers did not shoot.

Seconds later, police said, Elliott went inside and then quickly exited a bottom door holding a handgun later determined to be a stolen 9mm Glock.

Police ordered Elliott to drop the gun and he did.

Elliott then partially complied with verbal commands, police said. He walked toward officers but refused to go to the ground, police said.

A Dubois County Sheriff’s Office deputy assisted by taking Elliott to the ground where he was cuffed and detained.

Other officers cleared the apartment and secured the firearm, according to Jasper police.

Elliott, at one point, attempted to flee on foot but was once again detained by the county deputy.

Because of Elliott’s mental state, police said, Memorial Hospital Emergency Medical Services was contacted and Elliott was transported by ambulance with one deputy riding along and another following.

Police said there were multiple witnesses at the location, including juveniles and adults. They were interviewed at the Jasper Police Station.

A search was conducted after written consent was obtained from a renter of the apartment, police said. Among the items found were synthetic marijuana divided into four separate bags that totaled 125 grams, a digital scale and methamphetamine.

During interviews, witnesses advised police that Elliott had been under the influence of acid, had waved the gun around and had two people at direct gunpoint. He allegedly ordered one person at direct gunpoint to get away from a vehicle and sit on the ground.

Police were told Elliott also held another individual at direct gunpoint to stay in the apartment and would not allow her to leave.

During the incident, all victims were eventually allowed to leave, with the exception of the female ordered to remain in the apartment.

Once he was medically cleared, Elliott was booked into the Dubois County Security Center on preliminary charges of Level 3 felony criminal confinement with a deadly weapon, Level 5 felony criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon and intimidation with a deadly weapon, Level 6 felony resisting law enforcement, dealing in a synthetic drug, possession of a stolen firearm, pointing a firearm at another and possession of methamphetamine and misdemeanor possession of synthetic marijuana.

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