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The Fulton County sheriff shot at a vehicle Friday morning, and the fleeing driver struck and injured a deputy, according to the Arkansas State Police.

A news release from the state police said Sheriff Al Roark and the deputy, who was not identified, were trying to make contact with an unnamed man at a residence on Asher Road outside Salem about 9:30 a.m.

As Roark and the deputy arrived, the release said, the man they were attempting to contact jumped into a vehicle and started to drive away. The vehicle struck Roark's vehicle.

"At that point, the sheriff fired his weapon in an attempt to stop the individual," the release said.

The driver struck the deputy with his vehicle and drove away. The deputy suffered minor injuries, the release said.

The release didn't say whether the driver of the vehicle was injured in the shooting, whether Roark was injured, or if anyone had been arrested.

The Fulton County sheriff's office would not comment and referred questions to the state police, which was asked to handle the shooting investigation.

A search of the area began after the shooting. Baxter County sheriff's Capt. Jeff Lewis said Baxter County's search-and-rescue helicopter participated in the search.

Lewis said the helicopter was searching the Thayer, Mo., area Friday afternoon. He said he was told the suspect is from Thayer, which is just across the state line in Oregon County, Mo.

The Oregon County sheriff's office also was participating in the search Friday, according to a dispatcher.

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State Desk on 08/12/2018

Print Headline: Sheriff shoots at driver; deputy hurt

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  • DoubleBlind
    August 12, 2018 at 9:57 a.m.

    Seems really unnecessary to have shot at the fleeing driver. Doesn’t sound like he had a gun or pointed a gun at officers. Unless they had some reason to believe he was dangerous, it sounds negligent to have fired shots at him.

  • Happy1234
    August 12, 2018 at 10:37 a.m.

    The accounts of this event are way out of whack.
    1st account had the event take place on Bamber steet in Mammoth Spring.
    By that account at least one of the suspects fired a weapon at the sheriff after the sheriiff shot at him as the suspect tried to run the sheriff down.
    Next account has the suspect running over a deputy then being shot at by the sheriff who received retun fire.
    Some accounts have two suspects oth listed as armed and dangerous.
    Some accounts have the female suspect in custody and one account had the male suspect in custody.
    In the USA it is hard to get a straight story about almost anything.

  • BEARTRAP919
    August 12, 2018 at 5:13 p.m.

    We have way too many Gun Happy People in this Great State that is NUMBER 7 IN THE NATION "on gun use", Gun Slingers are wearing Badges and Police Uniforms today, Have we been invaded by a bunch of Chicago Immigrants??? THE ONLY TIME A GUN SHOULD BE USED IS WHEN IMMINENT DEATH IS PRESENT. FIRING ON SOMEONE RUNNING AWAY IS AT LEAST "ATTEMPTED MURDER"

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