Paragould man accused of shooting at fleeing wife, kids

PARAGOULD, Ark. – A man’s wife and several witnesses said the woman and her two children were shot at multiple times by her husband as she backed out of the driveway to flee the dangerous situation over the weekend in Greene County.

That’s alleged in an incident report filed with the Greene County Sheriff’s Department. It states that at 1:41 p.m. Saturday afternoon, Joshua William Masters, 26, of Paragould, was reported to have called and said he had a fight with his wife. The report said his version of events was that his wife, 23, attacked him. During the altercation, he said he removed a pistol from her vehicle because he feared she would do something crazy. He claimed he was trying to clear the pistol when he fired one round into the ground. He claimed he took the gun inside of his residence and his wife left.

The wife told a different story. She said the argument began about Joshua having a girlfriend but escalated when he allegedly came outside with a kitchen knife and threatened to stab the tires. She said he then threw the knife down and got into the vehicle to get the firearm. She said she tried to stop him but he got the weapon and fired a round into the ground.

She said she started backing her vehicle out of the driveway. Inside of it sat two children, ages four and two. As she was backing away, she said Joshua fired a round toward her vehicle. She heard him fire several more rounds as she was driving away from the property.

As officers responded to the scene of the 500-block of Greene Road 907, a witness called 911 and said he observed the altercation while driving. Not only that, but two adults were with him who also witnessed the events transpire. All three of these witnesses told police the wife was backing out of the driveway when Joshua pointed the gun toward her vehicle and fired twice.

A deputy with the sheriff’s office located five spent shell casings on the ground in the driveway of the residence.

Joshua was arrested on a felony charge of aggravated assault on a family member and two counts of first degree endangering the welfare of a minor. He was transported to the Greene County Detention Center.

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