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All suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty in court.
No statement has been given by any official as of yet. The following is what I was able to piece together during this event.
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Malvern Police were dealing with a domestic dispute (or some such) call in the Corner Store Valero Parking Lot on Highway 270 in Rockport last night when Arkansas State Trooper Kyle Sheldon initiated a traffic stop on a black, Dodge Ram pick up truck bearing Texas tags. The driver of the truck pulled into the Valero Parking Lot and stopped. The time was approximately 8:37PM on Easter Day.
Trooper Sheldon met with the driver, later identified as Elsbeth Tresa Kittinger, 49 of Ft. Worth, Texas. The reason for the stop is not known by me. During the course of the contact, it was discovered that Ms. Kittinger was a wanted person. A warrant(s) had been issued for her arrest.
At this point, I do not know what jurisdiction issued the warrant(s) or the charges associated with the warrant(s). Trooper Sheldon returned to the suspect vehicle, presumably to inform the suspect that she was wanted and to place her under arrest. At this point, it is believed that the woman allegedly shot Trooper Sheldon in the shoulder/chest area and fled in the black Ram truck.
The Malvern Officers that were conducting their own, separate business in the same parking lot opened fire on the suspect vehicle, striking it several times in at least the area of the passenger side mirror/door. The vehicle sped out onto the highway and headed down Highway 51 towards Magnet Cove. A witness at the scene is said to have chased the suspect from the Valero, but allegedly crashed their vehicle for some reason at the Highway 270/Highway 51 Junction.
By this time, Arkansas State Troopers Oseguera and Avant were en route to Rockport from Garland County to assist. Corporal Oseguera went to the Valero to secure that scene and Corporal Avant went to find the suspect vehicle. Corporal Avant caught up to the chase (already in progress and involving units from possibly Malvern Police Department, Hot Spring County Sheriff’s Department, Rockport Police Department and possibly the Arkansas Constables).
A Hot Spring County Sheriff’s Patrol Deputy was able to head off the suspect on Doyle Jones Road and approached the chase from the front. The suspect vehicle crashed into the HSCO Sheriff’s Unit on Doyle Jones Road approximately 200 yards off of Highway 51. Ms. Kittinger was removed from the bullet ridden truck and arrested. Her injuries (if any) are unknown to me.
She was taken by a LifeNet Ambulance Crew to a hospital in Hot Springs.
Trp. Sheldon was also taken by a Lifenet Ambulance Crew to a hospital in Hot Springs with injury that is being described as non-life threatening..
Hot Spring County does not house female inmates at there jail. After about 2 hours at the hospital, Ms. Kittinger was taken from the hospital by state trooper car to the Garland County Detention Center where she remains locked up with no bond.
Charges are unknown to me. Her booking info at 3:45AM says “Hold For Hot Spring County”.
The Suspect vehicle was towed to Arkansas State Police Troop K HQ by Young’s Towing & Recovery.