Man in custody after allegedly pointing a gun at his wife and children

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Joseph Davis, 48, allegedly pointed a firearm at his wife and threatened his two children.

GIBSON COUNTY, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) – One man is in custody following a brief vehicle chase with police after pointing a gun at his wife and children. Indiana State Police and the Gibson County Sheriff’s office responded to 108 S. Cross Street in Francisco around 7:45 p.m. Sunday evening.

Indiana State Police say Joseph Davis, 48, allegedly pointed a firearm at his wife and threatened his two children. Both children and his wife fled the residence and ran to a neighbor’s house to wait for police.

Police say moments later, Davis walked to the neighbor’s house and kicked in the front door, but his wife fled on foot. His two children remained hiding. Davis fled the area in his pickup truck when he heard police sirens.

Officials say approximately 15 minutes later, Princeton Police located Davis driving his Toyota pickup truck south on CR 850 East near CR 300 South. Princeton Police attempted to stop the vehicle, but Davis refused and continued driving south at approximately 10-15 mph.

Davis eventually turned west onto CR 450 South and continued to drive at a slow speed. Davis eventually stopped after seeing tire deflation devices being deployed by Indiana State Police at CR 750 South. Davis was arrested without further incident.

Troopers located a loaded .38 caliber revolver inside the pickup truck.

Davis is currently being held on bond in the Gibson County Jail. Gibson County Sheriff’s Office, Princeton Police and Oakland City Police assisted.


  • Criminal Recklessness with a Deadly Weapon, Level 6 Felony
  • Communication-Intimidation, Level 5 Felony
  • Domestic Battery-Adult knowing Presence of Child less than 16 years old, Level 6 Felony
  • Residential Entry, Level 6 Felony
  • Resisting Law Enforcement, Level 6 Felony
  • Pointing a Firearm, Level 6 Felony
  • Battery, Class B Misdemeanor

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