Deputy drug from vehicle, placed on paid leave after shots fired

The Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office is investigating an incident that led to shots being fired after a deputy was dragged by a suspect’s vehicle Friday night in Conway.

 

Authorities say the incident occurred around 7 p.m. when deputies were called to Taylors Made Cafe “for a possible narcotics deal in the parking lot.”

“The responding deputy noticed two vehicles matching the description from what was reported to FCSO Communications,” spokesman Adam Bledsoe said. “The first deputy on scene made contact with the drivers of the vehicles and noticed what appeared to be drug paraphernalia sitting in the lap of one of the subjects.”

The suspect with the apparent paraphernalia then fled the scene, “dragging the deputy with the moving vehicle,” Bledsoe said.

The deputy shot at the suspect at this point in an attempt to control the scene.

“The deputy, fearing for his life, discharged one round into the vehicle, missing the driver and passenger,” Bledsoe said. “The driver sped away, eventually crashing into parked vehicles where the driver was taken into custody without further incident.”

Bledsoe said no one involved was injured.

No names were released by press time Saturday, as FCSO continues to investigate. The deputy who shot off a round during the incident has been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation.

“Per FCSO policy and procedure, the deputy was placed on paid administrative leave,” Bledsoe said. “This incident is considered under investigation. Charges are pending.”

It is unclear at this point how many individuals were involved.

The Log Cabin Democrat will continue to follow this story as more details become available.

 

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