A Drew County deputy sheriff was killed Thursday in a 2-vehicle accident during an early morning police pursuit and the man he was pursuing is charged with first-degree-murder.
Timothy Allen Braden, a 29-year-old Drew County deputy sheriff from McGehee, died in the accident.
The man he was pursuing, Samuel Jerrod Vincent, 23, of Monticello, is currently being held in the Ashley County Jail. He has been charged with first-degree murder, possession of marijuana with the intent to deliver, possession of drug paraphernalia, and felony fleeing in connection with Braden’s death.
Vincent’s plea and arraignment has been set for Sept. 11 at 9:30 a.m. in Drew County Circuit Court.
Both Braden and Vincent were traveling west on Barkada Road in Monticello when the two drivers simultaneously lost control of their vehicles. The vehicles left the roadway striking a tree and a utility pole. Braden’s vehicle came to rest facing facing north and Vincent’s vehicle came to rest facing east.
Braden and Vincent were both transported to a hospital where Braden died.
Vincent was treated at the hospital and taken to the Ashley County jail.
The accident occurred at 1:38 a.m. Travel conditions were clear and the roadway was dry at the time of the accident, according to State Police.
Governor Asa Hutchinson issued the following statement Thursday in regard to the death of Braden.
“It is always a difficult day when I hear of the loss of one of Arkansas’ finest. I am deeply saddened to learn that Deputy Timothy Braden was killed in the line of duty early this morning. Deputy Braden’s life was cut short in service to the people of our state. My prayers and gratitude are with Deputy Braden’s family and with the law enforcement community for their selfless commitment to serve and protect the people of our state, even in times of danger.”
Also, Attorney General Leslie Rutledge had this to say about the death:
Deputy Braden never backed down when faced with a dangerous situation to protect the citizens of Drew County,” said Rutledge. “On behalf of the law enforcement community in our state – which has now lost four officers in the line of duty this year – I extend my thoughts and prayers to Deputy Braden’s young family, including his wife and four children, his dear friends and the people of Drew County. While today marks the end of watch for Deputy Braden, I know he will continue to watch over us all.”