Man allegedly whacked car with sledgehammer, threatened girlfriend with pistol

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A Bowie County grand jury recently indicted a Texarkana man who allegedly pounded on a car with a sledgehammer before threatening his girlfriend and others with a pistol.

Bryan Walls, 26, was indicted last week for felon in possession of a firearm and aggravated assault, threatening serious bodily injury, in connection with an incident in May. According to a probable cause affidavit, 9-1-1 dispatchers received a call before 8 a.m. May 27 regarding a man behind the wheel of a white car in a ditch at the intersection of Hunt and Austin streets in Texarkana, Texas, with a gun pointed to his head.

As an officer drove to the site, dispatchers advised him that the man was now outside of the car beating it with a sledgehammer. As the officer neared the intersection, a man pointed him to a white Chevrolet Cavalier, which was empty. The officers was inspecting the vehicle and items strewn about on the street beside it when he heard a woman’s scream coming from a nearby house.

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At first the officer reportedly saw only a man in a grey tee shirt who ran away after being ordered to show his hands. As the officer moved in closer to the house, he saw a woman with bright red hair standing in the front yard. Moments later, the man who’d fled from the officer a short time earlier appeared again. This time the man, later identified as Walls, complied when the officer ordered him to show his hands and drop to his knees.

A second man walked out wearing a holstered gun. The second man complied with the officer’s request to place his hands on his head and drop to his knees. Other officers arriving at the scene helped the first officer cuff all of the people around the house. The woman allegedly claims that Walls pointed a gun at her.

Walls two pending felonies have been assigned to the 5th District Court which serves Bowie and Cass counties. Walls is scheduled for arraignment next month.

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