LITTLE ROCK — A Newark man was recovering from surgery Wednesday after being shot by a state trooper and Independence County sheriff's deputies when he opened fire on the officers.
LITTLE ROCK — A Newark man was recovering from surgery Wednesday after being shot by a state trooper and Independence County sheriff’s deputies when he opened fire on the officers.
James Chapman Perkins 46, was taken to the University of Arkansas for Medical Services in Little Rock following the exchange of gunfire Tuesday night. Arkansas State Police spokesman Bill Sadler said Perkins was stable Wednesday but he had no more information about his condition.
A UAMS spokeswoman said she could not release information about Perkins’ condition.
Authorities said officers were dispatched to a Batesville residence about 10:15 p.m. Tuesday in response to reports of a person threatening harm to others at the residence. Trooper David Jones was en route to the scene when a vehicle driven by Perkins, the suspect in the incident at the residence, rammed his patrol car, state police said.
Perkins fled the area, with Jones and other officers in pursuit, but lost control and crashed the vehicle into a ditch near the intersection of Arkansas 233 and Arkansas 69. State police said Perkins exited the vehicle and fired a rifle at the officers, who then returned fire.
State police were investigating incident Wednesday. No charges had yet been filed against Perkins.