Warden indicted for assault on officer

By Messenger Staff | Published Saturday, April 13, 2013

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A Bridgeport man whose alleged actions resulted in two Decatur schools going on lockdown and ended after a standoff with police in Bridgeport has been indicted for aggravated assault against a public servant.

The indictment states that on Jan. 22, James Marshall Warden Jr., 43, threatened officers by pointing and pulling the trigger of a rifle in the direction of three Bridgeport officers during the standoff while the officers were investigating Warden for threatening to kill his wife. The weapon was not loaded.

Warden had barricaded himself in a home west of Bridgeport after making a threat on a social networking website against his wife. The woman, an employee at Carson Elementary, and their son, a student at Decatur High School, were taken to a safe location and the Carson and DHS campuses were locked down until the school had confirmation of Warden’s arrest.

Warden was arrested and released after posting bail. His bond conditions include not possessing any weapons, having no contact with the alleged victim and staying at least 500 feet away from any public or private school.

Aggravated assault against a public servant is a first-degree felony.

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