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Shooting..Double Homicide..Daring Chase..PIT x2; Felony Arrest – GARLAND COUNTY

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Posted by Arkansas 911 News Chief Editor Paul Maddox

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Garland County Sheriff’s 911 Dispatch received the call of a double shooting at the Ashley Kate Apartment Complex in the 900 Block of Akers Road today around 6:30PM.  2 people were reportedly killed and the suspect fled the scene in a white 4 door car with distinctive markings.

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Responding Garland County Sheriff’s Patrol Deputies that were en route to the scene met the suspect vehicle on Malvern Avenue around Lakeside School.  They turned around on the suspect and the suspect fled at a high rate of speed.

The pursuit went westbound along Malvern Avenue at speeds nearing 100 Mph.  The suspect made a right onto East Grand Avenue and tore out towards Magic Springs.  Hot Springs Police joined the pursuit about this time and Arkansas State Troopers were headed that way as well.

The Garland County Sheriff’s Patrol turned the chase over to the troopers in the area of Crossgate Church.  ASP Trooper First Class Robbins caught up to the suspect vehicle and was in position to PIT the suspect as they were about to pass the Rest Area, but the suspect made a move that resulted in a crash rather than a proper PIT maneuver.

The trooper car became wrecked and could not be driven.  TFC Robbins jumped out and got into an HSPD unit that was assisting with the chase.  They continued chasing the suspect eastbound toward the Saline County Line.  However, the suspect vehicle was also damaged in the crash and only able to achieve speeds in the neighborhood of 55 Mph.

The Saline County Sheriff’s Patrol and ASP Troop A were advised of what was heading their way.  Those units headed toward the county line to assist.

ASP TFC Wingo wound up behind the suspect vehicle at the Highway 128 traffic light at Lonsdale.  He got into position and gave the suspect vehicle another dose of the PIT move.  This time it worked and the suspect vehicle exited the right side of the pavement and stopped on the grassy roadside.

All the officers stopped, jumped out with guns drawn, conducted a felony traffic stop and arrested at least 1 person.

Holcomb’s Transport & Recovery picked up the battle damaged trooper car and towed it back to Troop K HQ.

This case is under investigation.  We should be able to update with a GCSO Press Release in the next day or so.