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Deputies cut, receive minor injuries from suspect's knife

Posted: January 13, 2014 - 4:38pm

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Two deputies were cut with a knife and received minor injuries while responding to reports of a suicide threat at a Conway residence Saturday night.

Deputies responded to the residence at 9 Green Lane around midnight after medical personnel, who were responding to a residence next door, said a woman, later identified as Francis Owens, came outside and said she was going to jump off the Toad Suck bridge.

When deputies arrived, family members said Owens, 55, had a weapon and barricaded herself inside the home. Deputies were also told Owens threatened to have a “shootout” with authorities.

Faulkner County Sheriff’s deputies were able to draw Owens outside the home, but she then turned and ran back while she attempted to retrieve a knife from her waistband.

During a struggle with Owens, two deputies received minor injuries when they were cut by the knife. The deputies were taken to the Conway Regional Medical Center, treated and released.

The Faulkner County Sheriff’s Office said Owens was also taken to the hospital to be treated for minor, self-inflicted injuries, and was then transported to the Faulkner County jail.

According to court documents, Owens was charged with two counts of second-degree battery and one count of aggravated assault.

The sheriff’s office said Owens was scheduled for first appearance in court Monday.

(Staff writer Lee Hogan can be reached by email at lee.hogan@thecabin.net or by phone at 505-1246. Follow Lee Hogan on Twitter at twitter.com/LCD_LeeHogan. To comment on this and other stories, log on to thecabin.net.)

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