Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper said a phone call to the police department made by an individual driving down Goodwill Street netted the arrest of 28-year-old Jeremy Smith on charges of domestic battery abuse, resisting arrest by flight from an officer and public intimidation.
"Officer John Anderson was dispatched to Goodwill Street and flagged down by this individual who had witnessed a fight in the front yard of a residence on that street," Cropper said. "Anderson asked the witness to stay there, but she was so upset, she left."
When Anderson arrived at the residence, the female was reportedly in the front yard, crying and upset.
"She told Officer Anderson her husband – Smith – was inside the residence," Cropper said. "About that time, the officer heard the back door fly open and observed him fleeing on foot."
Anderson reportedly pursued Smth on foot.
"When he caught him, Smith was very combative and made several verbal threats toward the officer," Cropper said.
By that time, Officer Darrell Hughes had arrived and reportedly assisted in the arrest.
"Once they got Smith up to the police department, he requested medical attention, so they notified Pafford (ambulance)," said the chief.
"When ambulance personnel arrived, Smith threatened their lives."
Cropper said the initial phone call from the witness may have made a difference in the wife's life.
"Anybody who has knowledge or witnesses any type of domestic violence, please notify us and make a report," he said. "This third party was just driving by and witnessed it and called it in. She may very well have saved this girl's life."