On Friday, October 23, 2015, then Patrolman Reed was dispatched to 718 Brattontown Circle where a trailer explosion had been reported. According to Reed, when he arrived at the scene, the Lafayette Fire Department was already there. “I was told that someone was sitting up on the hill with a gun and I could see the suject from the road but couldn’t see anything in his hand.”
The officer stated that he ran up and warned the Fire Department and he then approached the subject sitting on the hill and he realized that it was Joshua Archer. “I approached Josh because I couldn’t see anything in his hand and he appeared to be burnt from the fire.”
Reed said that when he got within 30 feet of him, Archer reached down and picked up a firearm and stuck it up under his chin and told him to get back or he would pull the trigger. “I had my firearm drawn on Archer and slowly moved back to a safe distance and tried to keep talking to him. Archer kept the gun to his head for about the next hour or so while we attempted to negotiate with him and he eventually surrendered the gun.”
Macon County EMS was called in and Archer was transported to Vanderbilt Hospital for treatment of his burns and he was just released two weeks ago.
Reed said that during the investigation it was learned that Archer had ran a hose pipe from the outside gas line into the residence for some reason. Archer told officers that he attempted to light a cigarette and when the lighter sparked it blew up. Joshua Archer was seriously burned over his body.
Detective Reed said when the young woman came to the LPD on Monday to report Archer harassing her on social media, he didn’t know he had been released from Vanderbilt two weeks ago. “I was able to track him down in Trousdale County and officers down there picked him up and brought him to the line and we got him,” said the detective. “I charged Joshua Archer with unlawful possession of a weapon, vandalism, reckless endangerment, theft of services and violation of order of protection.”
Detective Ron Smith, with the Macon County Sheriffs Office, charged Joshua Archer with violation of order of protection.