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Posted by Arkansas 911 News Chief Editor Paul Maddox
All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court.
Garland County Sheriff’s Patrol Corporal Lane reports that he and Dep. Ricky Garrett were dispatched to the trailer park behind Chicken Express on Albert Pike Road Wednesday Morning around 2AM to investigate a complaint of gunfire in the area.
Cpl. Lane arrived quickly and saw a man fitting the description of the suspect dart into a motorhome and close the door. The suspect opened the door with something in his hand. Cpl. Lane ordered him to drop the gun and come out. The suspect closed the door. Then, opened the door and came outside.
On the other end of the motorhome was a man in dark clothing holding a gun. He was ordered to drop his gun and he did. This man was the owner of the motorhome.
The original suspect, Matthew Philip Hartman, 37, of Albert Pike Road in Garland County, was arrested. He suddenly told Cpl. Lane that “the gun is in the motorhome on the counter” and “I shot out of my trailer at the guys in the car outside my window because they’ve been shaking my trailer”.
GCSO Criminal Investigators responded to the scene and assumed the investigation. Mr. Hartman was advised of his Miranda Rights. He waived his rights and told investigators that unknown people were outside taunting him and rocking the motorhome he was in. He said that he fired 1 round through the floor of his bathroom. Then, moved to the front of the motorhome and fired 3 shots out the window, striking a car. He also said that he exited the motorhome and fired 3 more shots towards his motorhome. Mr. Hartman said that he ran to a nearby camper and entered that camper. The homeowner inside drew his own gun and forced the suspect to drop his gun.
Mr. Hartman is charged with Felony Terroristic Act x2, Felony Criminal Mischief, Felony Burglary and Criminal Mischief with a bond amount totaling $18,500.