Minden man arrested in disturbance, female denies involvement

By Bonnie Culverhouse

A pair of 911 calls sent Minden Police to a disturbance involving a firearm last week.

Around mid-morning Sept. 8, DeDarren Montez Willis, 29, of the 500 block of Hillside Lane, Minden, was arrested and charged with disturbing the peace, resisting an officer, possession of a firearm by a felon and Probation & Parole hold.
Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper said Lt. Spencer Tippen and Lt. Chris Hammontree were dispatched to the address due to a disturbance and were informed that a second 911 call stated there was a male subject holding a female at gunpoint.

“Lt. Tippen said he observed a male in a grey muscle shirt and grey pants walking on Industrial Drive near the entrance to some apartments,” Cropper said. “Then he noticed a female wearing a multi-colored shirt and pink pants walking in the parking lot near the entrance. When approached by the officer, the female said she was not a part of the disturbance and directed him around the corner.”

When Lt. Tippen proceeded toward the apartments, an older female reportedly flagged down his vehicle and told him the first woman was part of the disturbance with the observed male.

“Then, she told the officer that the man, Willis, pulled a gun on the female,” Cropper said. “Lt. Tippen contacted Lt. Hammontree by radio and then turned back in the direction of the subjects.”

Lt. Hammontree attempted to make contact with Willis, but he reportedly fled on foot into nearby woods. After a search of the area, Willis was located in front of the Hillside Lane address.

“While Willis admitted arguing with his girlfriend – the one who said she wasn’t involved – he denied having a firearm,” said the chief. “A search of the area was conducted and a Smith & Wesson M&P Bodyguard .380 caliber handgun was located along the path where Willis fled. Officers, including Det. Lt. Keith King Jr., attempted to locate the girlfriend but were unsuccessful.

Willis, who is a multi-time convicted felon and currently on parole, was arrested and transported to MPD where he was booked.

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