Texas man arrested for attempted murder of RPD officer

A report of a truck blocking the Whataburger drive-through early Saturday morning led to the arrest of a Texas man for attempted murder of a Ruston Police officer.

At about 3 a.m. Saturday, officers were dispatched to the Whataburger on the North Service Road regarding a man asleep in his truck. Officer S. Longo was advised the man’s vehicle had been blocking the drive-through for over an hour.

Longo found the driver appeared to be asleep and directed the man to step out. Instead, Dakendric Jones, 24, of Cedar Hill, Texas, accelerated rapidly and grabbed for a pistol on the seat beside him. 

Longo and Jones fought for control of the pistol and the officer was able to knock it to the floorboard out of the driver’s reach. The officer was eventually able to pull Jones from the truck and handcuff him as other officers arrived.

A fully-loaded Glock pistol with an extended magazine and a bottle of alcoholic beverage were taken from the truck as evidence.

As Jones was being transported to the Lincoln Parish Detention Center, he voluntarily made the remark that he did not mean to reach for the pistol to shoot Longo but that he was “so f….d up.”

Jones was booked for attempted murder of a police officer, reckless operation of a vehicle, open container, and resisting an officer. Bail was set at $263,250. 

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