LITTLE ROCK (KATV) - A man suspected of breaking into cars Thursday morning in Little Rock died a few hours after a shootout with police.
Kenzell Hobbs, 18, was one of three suspects. A second man, 18-year-old Roy Boles, was arrested without incident. Gary Coleman, 21, was arrested later.
A witness who spoke with Channel 7 News on condition of anonymity said she was woken up a few minutes before 6:00 by the sound of four gunshots.
"I looked outside and there was a man, an African-American, about 18 years old with a hood on with black pants."
She called 9-1-1 when she claims he tried to hide in her crawl space. Police on motorcycles, in cars, on foot and with K-9 units combed the area.
Boles was arrested without incident. Hobbs was caught at H Street and University, but got away until about 7:30 a.m.
Sgt. Cassandra Davis explained, "From the struggle, the foot pursuit continued up to 10001 University where there was an exchange of gunfire between our officer and the suspect."
Homeowners heard shots fired for a second time in two-hours.
"I was scared to death. I was shaking. I got down with my little one, and just stayed on the phone with 911."
Officers claim Hobbs initiated the shootout. He was shot at least once in his upper body by Officer Gorbet, who has been with the department for 22 years.
Coleman and Boles have both been charged with Capital Murder, two countsof theft by receiving, automotive breaking & entering and fleeing.
A section of North University was closed until about noon. Hall High School and Forest Heights Middle School were in the area of the manhunt. The schools were on lockdown and extra officers stayed on campus.