UPDATE: Suspect identified in officer-involved shooting
CABOT (KATV) —
UPDATE (5:20 p.m.):
Authorities are still investigating a shootout in Cabot Tuesday night between law enforcement and a parolee who was in the back of an officer's car.Many questions are still surrounding the investigation like how the suspect managed to get his hands from behind his back and get a gun inside of the Sheriff's deputy's vehicle.According to the Deputy Director at Arkansas Community Correction, Dina Tyler, officers were searching for a suspect at a home on Main street who was wanted in connection with another crime."We were with Lonoke County Sheriff's Department last night with five of our special response team officers. Highly trained parole officers were with them. We were helping with the search for a suspect wanted in connection with another crime," Tyler said. "Inside the house that was surrounded were two people. One of those people were Jonathan McIntosh, who identified himself as being on parole."Officers searched Mcintosh and found what they thought to be drugs."Because he was on parole and because they were questioning everybody our officers searched McIntosh. During that search they found a small baggy of what they thought to be drugs. A small baggy of white powdery stuff," Tyler said. "As a result he was put in handcuffs. Because obviously a parolee cannot have illegal drugs. They handcuffed him behind him. One of the Sheriff's deputies took McIntosh and put him I the back of his police car."The officers went back to question him. Once they opened the door Tyler said McIntosh managed to get his hands in front of him. He had a small pistol in his hands and began shooting at the officers."They opened the car door and McIntosh was inside but his hands were now in front of him. still handcuffed and he had a small pistol that he was firing at them," Tyler said. "Our officers did what they should have done to protect themselves. They dropped to the ground and they returned fire because they were being shot at."Melissa Minchue lives feet away from the shooting incident. Minchue said she was shocked something like this happened in the neighborhood."We were watching American Sniper and there were a lot of bullets going on and we heard three or four right off the bat. My husband said 'What's that?' and I said fire crackers and then seven or eight went off immediately after that. The police were coming up in the neighbor's yard, hiding behind cars with guns drawn" Minchue said. "They are so quiet and so no commotion over there. No parties, no noise. I would have never thought."According to Tyler, McIntosh was shot multiple times but later died in the emergency room."McIntosh was struck several times but he was still alive. One of our parole officers special response team members is a medic and he began life saving efforts on Mr. McIntosh until the ambulance arrived to take him to the hospital," Tyler said.Tyler said McIntosh didn't have a record of violence and was due to be off parole in July.Arkansas State Police is investigating how McIntosh had a gun in the car."One of the things they will be focusing on is did our officers search as thoroughly as they should have," Tyler said.Minchue said the shooting incident was too close for comfort."My kids walk through that yard every day to go to the grocery store. To dollar general. I would never imagine," Minchue said.The two department of correction officers that fired shots at McIntosh are on administrative duties until they get a ruling that the shooting was justified.UPDATE (11:00 a.m.):Channel 7 News has confirmed the deceased suspect is identified as Jonathan McIntosh, 35.According to Dina Tyler, spokeswoman for the Arkansas Department of Community Correction, McIntosh has been on parole since September 2014.ACC was assisting Lonoke County Sheriff's deputies at the house on East Main Street, where there were two people inside. According to Tyler, when officers searched McIntosh, they found what they thought was a small bag of drugs.McIntosh was handcuffed and placed in the back of a deputy's vehicle. When officers approached the car to check on him, they found he had managed to get his hands in front of him. According to authorities, McIntosh had a small pistol in his hands and started shooting at the parole officers, who then dropped to the ground and fired back. A sheriff's deputy also fired shots.McIntosh was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.UPDATE (8:00 a.m.):The suspect in the officer-involved shooting has died at an area hospital.The Lonoke County Sheriff's Department and Arkansas Department of Community Correction were searching for an individual Tuesday night. Authorities arrived at 905 East Main Street and questioned the 35-year-old suspect. After it was determined the man had outstanding warrants, he was taken into custody and held in a law enforcement vehicle.According to statements provided to state police, officers who conducted the search and arrest reported gunshots coming from inside the patrol car. The officers then returned fire, hitting the suspect inside the vehicle.The suspect was taken to a local hospital where he later died.The identity of the man has not yet been released. No law enforcement or ACC personnel were injured.ORIGINAL REPORT (4:20 a.m.):Arkansas State Police is investigating an officer-involved shooting in Cabot.The incident occurred around the area of 9th and South Pine streets within city limits, but the incident involved Lonoke County Sheriff's deputies.According to witnesses, deputies placed a possible suspect inside a sheriff's vehicle.Witnesses said they saw the suspect pull out a gun and fire at deputies. Lonoke County officials reportedly returned fire and tried to take cover.Authorities have not confirmed if the suspect or deputies suffered from any injuries.KATV's Matt Mershon will have more on this story Wednesday morning on Daybreak starting at 5 a.m.