Newton County Sheriff Glenn Wheeler said his office received a call Sunday evening in

the Piercetown area about shots being fired and threats being made. The caller also said the

suspect tried to get money from him and threatened to shoot him if no money was given.

Deputies responded to the residence and learned that Joshua Rush, aged 42 and Camille

Rush, 40, had driven to the house and fired multiple shots, then poured gas in front of the

residence. When the homeowner came outside, Joshua Rush allegedly pointed a gun at him and

told him to give him money or he would shoot him. When the homeowner said he didn't have

any money, Rush tried to shoot, but the gun jammed. Both suspects then left the residence but

told the homeowner they'd be back when they got the gun fixed, and would expect money. That's

when the homeowner was able to call the Sheriff's Office.

Newton County Deputies and Jasper Police responded to the area and watched for the

vehicle the suspects were supposed to be in. The vehicle was soon found back in the area and a

traffic stop was made. In the vehicle, Deputies found a gun matching the description of the one

in the incident, the victim later identified the gun as being the one used.

Both suspects were taken into custody. Joshua Rush was charged with 1st Degree

Terroristic Threatening, Aggravated Assault, Aggravated Robbery, and Possession of Firearms

by Certain Persons (Felon), D.W.I., Refusal to Submit to Chemical Test, Open Container and No

Proof if Insurance. Camille Rush was charged with Obstructing Governmental Operations. Both

were transported to the Newton County Jail for holding.

Sheriff Wheeler said "If someone makes the decision to commit a crime and during the

commission of that crime, their gun jams and they tell the victim they are going to go fix the gun

and return in an hour to resume the crime, they probably need to rethink their criminal career.

They are going about it all wrong. They will likely learn the intended victim has called law

enforcement and will find us there waiting for them."

Jeff Dezort, Newton County Times editor, has worked at the newspaper since 2001. Before that he was a reporter, photographer and assistant editor of the Harrison Daily Times.

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