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BREAKING: Arkansas Police Officer Shot

Prairie Grove, AR – A Prairie Grove police officer was shot while responding to a domestic disturbance on Tuesday night.

The incident began at approximately 8:32 p.m. on May 4, when officers received a report of a disturbance on West Thurman Street, Prairie Grove Police Department (PGPD) Captain Jeffrey O’Brien said during a press conference, according to KNWA.

The officers ended up in a shootout with a male suspect during the encounter, but Capt. O’Brien said the chain of events leading up to the exchange of gunfire are still unclear.

Police apprehended 42-year-old Nicholas Colbert, who lived at the home where the alleged domestic disturbance occurred, KNWA reported.

Colbert was transported to the hospital with unknown injuries, Capt. O’Brien said.

Investigators said he was injured during the exchange of gunfire, but did not confirm he had been shot.

A male PGPD officer was struck by gunfire during the shootout, according to police.

He was rushed to a local hospital in unknown condition and the extent of his injuries has not been released.

“Currently, we do not know the status of his condition,” Capt. O’Brien told reporters on Tuesday night. “We’re waiting on that, so I’m unable to release his name at this time.”

No one else was injured during the incident.

Police said preliminary information indicates the gunman retreated into the home after the officer was wounded, and that negotiators eventually managed to convince him to come out and surrender.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office will handle the ongoing investigation into the officer-involved shooting at the request of the PGPD.

“This was a very active scene up until just a few moments ago,” Capt. O’Brien said during the press conference. “As you can imagine, there’s a lot of information…it’s going to take the night to put together, so our hope is that sometime by the morning we can collect more information for you and perhaps meet up again.”

Capt. O’Brien asked for the community to pray for the wounded officer.

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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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