Press Release: An individual believed to be wanted in connection with an Alabama homicide investigation died yesterday afternoon (Sunday, December 8, 2013) of what is preliminarily believed to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound. The shooting incident came at the end of a pursuit that covered parts of two counties along Interstate 40 in west Arkansas.
About 12:50PM, an Arkansas State Trooper near Clarksville spotted a vehicle which matched the description believed to be occupied by the Alabama fugitive.
As the vehicle approached Ozark in Franklin County, the Trooper initiated a traffic stop. As the vehicle began to pull off the highway and stop, a female driver fled from the car on foot. As the Trooper began to run toward the driver, the male fugitive who had been hiding in the car took control of the vehicle and fled the scene back onto I-40 westbound.
Shortly after 1PM, State Troopers from Troop H out of Fort Smith who had begun to search for the suspect vehicle along I-40 came into contact with the car. A short pursuit was initiated before the suspect was stopped.
Troopers who approached the car found the driver dead.
The incident is under internal review and the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division will conduct an investigation that will be turned-over to local prosecuting attorneys.
The names of the dead fugitive and female accomplice who was taken into custody in Franklin County are being withheld at this time. Additional information will be released as the investigation progresses and next of kin are notified.