Austin man taken into custody on felony warrant for being a violent felon in possession of a firearm

An Austin man was arrested Monday afternoon after presenting a knife to an Austin Police Officer who was attempting to take him into custody on a felony warrant.

Austin Police executed a warrant at an apartment in the 100 block of 2nd Avenue SE at approximately 2:12 p.m. Monday afternoon where they encountered 57-year old Johnny Eugene Davis of Austin, who was wanted on a felony warrant for a charge of having been a violent felon in possession of a firearm as part of an investigation by the Mower County Sheriff’s Office.  Chief of Police Dave McKichan reported in a news release that previous attempts to take Davis into custody earlier in the week on the warrant had resulted in him fleeing in a motor vehicle.  During the execution of the warrant Monday afternoon, McKichan stated that Davis fled further into the apartment where he had been located, and then presented a knife to an officer, who was holding Davis at gunpoint to shoot him.  Chief McKichan stated that the officer was able to transition to his taser and successfully used it to incapacitate Davis until other officers could arrive and help take him into custody. 

Davis was taken to the Mower County jail, and McKichan indicated that any new charges that may be related to Davis’ arrest are pending case review by the Mower County Attorney’s Office.