Police deploy JPX pepper gun on man evading arrest


A Texarkana man is in custody after running from police and taking a shot from a JPX pepper gun Sunday.

According to Texarkana, Texas Police Public Information Officer Shawn Vaughn, “we got a call for a possible warrant service at a residence 2200 block of W. 16th. When the officer arrived, Patrick Sargent, 45, Texarkana Arkansas, was standing on the porch. When Sargent saw the patrol car, he immediately starting running east on W. 16th before going between several houses as he ran north.”

Vaughn said at some point, Sargent saw another patrol car in front of him. He turned around and started running toward the officer who was chasing him on foot. The officer deployed his JPX at Sargent, who immediately fell to the ground and was taken into custody.

LifeNet responded to the scene to help decontaminate Sargent and treat him for the multiple cuts on his hand that he received while jumping over fences during the pursuit.

Sargent was transported to the Bi-State Jail with a felony charge of Evading Detention with Prior Conviction for this incident. He also had outstanding warrants for Probation Violation on Attempting the Take a Weapon from an Officer (felony), Evading Detention with Prior Conviction (felony), No Seatbelt (misdemeanor – $270 bond), No Drivers License (misdemeanor – $245 bond), and Expired Motor Vehicle Inspection (misdemeanor – $325 bond).

Sargent remains in Bi-State Jail at this time.

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