Thirty-five-year-old Joshua Forrester is in the Smith County Jail, held on $1 million bond on the charge of aggravated assault on a public servant.
Smith County Sheriff’s Department Public Information Officer Sergeant Darrell Coslin said the arrest stemmed from a 911 call Forrester himself made on April 8. He reported there were suspicious people on his property located in the 300 block of Smith County Road 462, which although in Smith County, has a Mineola address.
The PIO described watching a video of the incident on April 8. He said that Forrester has a small travel trailer by his workshop and a deputy pulled his car up within about 20 yards of the travel trailer. He looked around and couldn’t see anyone, called out to Forrester and received no reply. So he sounded his siren “for a little blurb” for a few seconds. On the video one can hear the sound of one gunshot, then a second gunshot and then a part of “the front of the trailer blows out” and the deputy realizes he was being shot at. A second officer was called to the scene. After an emergency detention warrant was issued for Forrester; he was taken into custody for a psychological evaluation but was released afterward.
The April 18 arrest was a result of viewing of the video and further investigation, Coslin said. It was determined that Forrester had “a line of sight and knew it was a marked car” when he started shooting and therefore a Smith County judge issued an arrest warrant.
Officers first attempted to serve the active felony arrest warrant at Forrester’s home. They discovered he was not at his home, where they found firearms that were confiscated. They went to his mother’s home in Mineola where Forrester was located. A Smith County Sheriff’s Department SWAT team officer, Smith County Constable Jeff McClenny and Mineola Police took him into custody without incident.