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All suspects are presumed innocent until determined guilty in court. This woman has been found guilty; she shot Arkansas State Trooper Kyle Sheldon during the performance of his duties.
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Arkansas State Police Press Release addressing this incident dated April 2, 2018 CLICK HERE.
Sunday April 1, 2018 was Easter Day. Arkansas State Trooper Kyle Sheldon was patrolling Hot Spring County in the area Rockport at Highway 270 West near I-30. He stopped a car and was shot by the female driver.
After taking a hail of immediate gunfire from Malvern Police Officers that were near the scene when the shooting took place, Elsbeth Tresa Kittinger, 49 of Texas, fled west in her pick-up truck. She went down Highway 51 where she turned onto a dirt road where she encountered several other law enforcement officers. She ultimately rammed a Hot Spring County Sheriff’s vehicle head on and was promptly arrested. At least 1 of the bullets fired by law enforcement struck her in the arm.
Shooter Kittinger waived her right to have a trial and pleaded guilty this week in Hot Spring County Circuit Court. the Honorable Judge Chris Williams sentenced her to the maximum punishment available under Arkansas Law: life in prison for shooting our trooper plus 15 years for using a firearm in the commission of a felony. The sentence was ordered to run consecutively. Which means, when she dies, she still owes the State of Arkansas 15 years.
Trooper Sheldon is still at home recovering. He has undergone at least 1 surgery and is working his way through the substantial injury that was caused by this woman.