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Homeowner charged in fatal shooting of firefighter during medical response

By ArkansasOnline

This article was originally published January 22, 2016 at 7:32 a.m. Updated January 22, 2016 at 5:59 p.m.

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Police work outside a home where a firefighter was fatally shot earlier Friday morning.

Dortch Loop Road


The Sherwood Fire Department on Friday posted this message and photo to its Facebook page in memory of Ronald Jason Adams, 29.

5:50 P.M. UPDATE:

Homeowner Mark Pruitt has been charged with manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a firefighter Friday morning, the Pulaski County sheriff's office said in an afternoon news conference.

Pruitt told investigators that someone came into his home without a uniform and without saying who he was.

Officials said Ronald Jason Adams, 29, was killed while responding to a patient with a seizure on Dortch Loop Road outside North Little Rock around 5 a.m.

Read Saturday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

EARLIER

A firefighter was fatally shot while responding to a patient with a seizure Friday morning in Pulaski County, a spokesman with the sheriff's office said.

Officials identified the firefighter as Ronald Jason Adams, 29, who went by his middle name and was a full-time member of the Sherwood Fire Department in addition to volunteering with the East Pulaski Fire Department.

Adams was working for the volunteer agency when he responded to a report on Dortch Loop Road outside North Little Rock around 5 a.m. and was shot, Pulaski County sheriff's office spokesman Capt. Carl Minden said.

Adams was taken to Baptist Health Medical Center in North Little Rock and pronounced dead, Minden said.

The Sherwood Fire Department mourned the loss of Adams on a Facebook post, recalling that he "had a witty sense of humor and could make everyone laugh."

Police have a person in custody being questioned by officers, but no arrests have been made, Minden said.

Another person inside the home who was not the shooter called in to report the seizure victim, Minden said.

No other details were released. Minden said police were working around a heavy overnight snowfall that brought central Arkansas to a halt Friday morning.

Dortch Loop Road runs south of Faulkner Lake Road east of Interstate 440.

- John Moritz

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Tigermule says... January 22, 2016 at 8:10 a.m.

What the heck?

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hutc30 says... January 22, 2016 at 9:24 a.m.

Rest in peace brother. Our thoughts and prayers are with our brothers and sisters at the East Pulaski VFD. From the City of Hudson, NY Fire Department

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emax says... January 22, 2016 at 11:01 a.m.

What the......why??!!

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NutButter says... January 22, 2016 at 12:29 p.m.

Someone will surely pay for Jason's death.
It won't bring Jadon back but it will get one POS off the street and hopefully prevent another death.

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nlrar009 says... January 22, 2016 at 1:54 p.m.

Not sure how that is going to turn out. Apparently he was shot inside the home by the homeowner (who was the patient).

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LR1955 says... January 22, 2016 at 3:13 p.m.

Although you can't call this source super reliable, there appear to be people on Facebook saying the "patient" came out of his seizure, saw "someone" in his garage, grabbed his gun & shot the rescuer. Sounds sketchy to me. Ark doesn't really have a castle law that would allow legally allow this. Seizure or not, the shooter should be held responsible in some way. RIP to the firefighter.

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FreeSpiritMan says... January 22, 2016 at 6:07 p.m.

A good guy with a gun ??????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????????

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carpenterretired says... January 22, 2016 at 6:59 p.m.

Well if the good guy is going to shoot the bad guy first he has to be fast on the draw and get off the first shot so he can not take time to check IDs, just like the guy who shot his son in his basement when he heard a noise that could have been a bad guy with a gun .

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MadyJ says... January 22, 2016 at 7:06 p.m.

Everyone at home with access to a gun must be made aware of who is coming over, when and why--and someone must stay with them if they are sick, hurt, unconscious, semi-conscious, drugged, drinking or mentally ill as they may not even know what they are doing and might shoot anyone--rescuers, service people, neighbors, family members or the police.

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