On Sunday, November 4, 2018, at approximately 3:28 PM, Oxford, Mississippi Police officers responded to a residence on South Lamar for a domestic disturbance. Once officers responded, they found that the victim wielded a weapon in defense to stop the assault.
During the course of the investigation, officers were given consent to search the residence where they discovered modified weapons and two possible pipe bombs. The house was evacuated and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Federal Bureau of Investigations, and the Tupelo Police Bomb Unit were all called and reported to the scene.
Once a search warrant was obtained the Tupelo Bomb Unit entered the residence and secured the devices. Officers along with federal agents conducted a more detailed search of the property where multiple weapons, ammunition, narcotics and paraphernalia were discovered.
The suspect, Kristopher Austin Griste, 22 years old of Oxford, Mississippi has been charged with Domestic Violence – Simple Assault. Other weapons charges are pending and no bond has been set at this time. This case is active and ongoing.
Update: Griste was given a $2,292.00 bond this afternoon for the charges of Domestic Violence – Simple Assault and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia. Any charges related to firearms or explosives will be handled by the ATF. Any inquiries related to those charges should be forwarded to the Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms office.