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​​State trooper fired on during Conway pursuit

by Arkansas Democrat-Gazette | July 29, 2021 at 7:43 p.m.
An Arkansas State Police vehicle is shown in this file photo.

A motorist who was fleeing an Arkansas State Police trooper Thursday afternoon on Interstate 40 near Conway fired on the pursuing officer, the agency said in a news release.

While on patrol, Trooper Tyler Langley attempted to stop a speeding motorist at around 1:43 p.m. The motorist refused to stop and sped away westbound on the interstate, the release said. The vehicle exited the interstate at Dave Ward Drive and the driver abandoned the vehicle near Donaghey Avenue.

While on foot, the motorist fired a rifle at Langley, who returned fire. Neither person was hit and the motorist was apprehended by troopers, according to the release.

The person is being held at the Faulkner County jail for questioning by Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division, the release said. The identity of the suspect will be released once he is formally charged.

The incident marks the second time this week a trooper has been fired on.

On Tuesday, a Mississippi man was charged with firing on a trooper who had attempted to stop him for speeding on I-40 west of Forrest City, a news release said. Stevie Maxwell, 37, of Greenville, Miss., was charged with aggravated assault, driving while intoxicated, reckless driving and speeding, according to the release.

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