Police arrest man for firing weapon inside his home

A Seymour man faces charges of pointing a firearm and criminal recklessness with a deadly weapon after he fired a gun inside his home Tuesday night, police report.

The incident that led to the arrest of Derek L. Jones, 40, began after police received a call about him firing the weapon inside the home in the first block of South U.S. 31, according to a report from the Jackson County Sheriff’s Department.

The incident was reported by his wife, who told police that Jones said he planned on killing himself while they were having an argument, Lt. Darin Downs said.

He then stepped into the bathroom and fired a pistol into a pile of magazines to make her believe he had gone ahead with that plan, Downs said.

While investigating that incident, the woman also told police during an incident earlier this month, he had “chambered a round and pointed the gun at her,” Downs said.

A juvenile who witnessed both incidents confirmed the woman’s story.

Jones was booked into the Jackson County Jail in Brownstown at 11:13 p.m. Tuesday and was being held without bond pending his initial hearing.

Both charges are Level 6 felonies, which can carry a sentence ranging from six months to two and a half years in prison upon conviction.

County Officer Rick Meyer, county Reserve Officers Shane Collier and Mitch Ray and Crothersville Officer Christopher Cooper assisted with the investigation and arrest.

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