A Chattanooga man is facing charges for allegedly throwing a loaded assault-style weapon at an infant.
Police were called to a home on Hal Drive on Friday on reports of a possible disorder.
There, police learned of a prior incident in which 30-year-old Joshua Brice Smith allegedly beat and strangled a woman and threw a loaded AK-47 at a 5 month-old child. Police gathered picture evidence of the incident and charged Smith with two counts of aggravated assault, false imprisonment, child neglect, aggravated domestic assault, possession of a prohibited weapon, possession of meth, possession of a controlled substance, drugs for resale and possessing drug paraphernalia.
According to court documents, Smith was arrested in June for possessing a large amount of methamphetamine. The Chattanooga Police Department is familiar with Smith as someone who has threatened law enforcement in the past and owns a “vast arsenal of weaponry”.
Smith was cleared of any wrongdoing in March after shooting and killing a 19-year-old man he said attempted to rob him at gunpoint. Police determined the shooting to be a justified homicide.