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2 Officers Attacked, Injured While Responding To Call About Man In Traffic

Lawrence County, AR – Two Arkansas police officers were hospitalized after being attacked by a suspect wreaking havoc in traffic on a local highway Monday morning.

The incident began at approximately 9 a.m. on June 14 when multiple citizens called 911 to report there was a man “jumping out into traffic” on the Highway 63 bridge over the 367 Exchange, Lawrence County Chief Deputy Tony Waldrupe told KAIT.

A Hoxie Police Department (HPD) officer arrived at the scene first and tried to approach the suspect, but quickly found himself under attack, police said.

A Walnut Ridge Police Department (WRPD) officer was also assaulted by the suspect when he arrived to help the HPD officer, according to investigators.

HPD Chief Glen Smith said two shots were fired during the brawl, but he did not disclose who fired the gun, KAIT reported.

No one was struck by the bullets, Chief Smith said.

The officers were rushed to a local hospital where they were being treated for unspecified, non-life threatening injuries, KAIT reported.

The suspect, whose name has not been released, was taken into custody.

The identities of the officers also have not been released.

Law enforcement officers from multiple agencies and jurisdictions responded to the scene, according to KARK.

The Arkansas State Police’s (ASP) Criminal Investigation Division is assisting with the ongoing investigation, KAIT reported.

Investigators have not released the identities of the injured officers, nor have they provided any details regarding the types of injuries they suffered.

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Written by
Holly Matkin

Holly is a former probation and parole officer who is married to a sheriff’s deputy. She is a regular contributor to Signature Montana magazine, and has written feature articles for Distinctly Montana magazine.

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Written by Holly Matkin


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