Fayetteville Man Arrested After Firing Shot At Police

Washington County Detention Center Booking Photo.

FAYETTEVILLE (KFSM) — A Fayetteville man is in custody after firing a gunshot at police, records show.

Just before 11 p.m. Friday (Feb. 2), police were dispatched to the 2500 block of Candlewood Drive for a suicide threat. The caller told police she left the house with her children, and the suicidal person, later identified as 37-year-old John Phillips was at the home alone.

When the first officer arrived, he waited on a second officer to get there before police approached the house. As the officers walked toward the house, they heard a shot fired from the area, but couldn’t see it.  An officer reported feeling the shot blow over his head. The police report states, “The concussion of the round felt like a strong wind blowing through my hair along the top left of my head.”

The officer stated he ran to get better cover and called for backup. Officers were then able to arrest Phillips.

Officers searched the home and found a 12-gauge shell casing on the front step of the porch.

A 12 gauge Remington shotgun was found inside one of the children’s rooms.

Phillips was arrested for aggravated assault and discharging of a center-fire weapons violation.  He is at the Washington County Jail and is held on a $10,000 bond.