LITTLE ROCK (KATV) — Arkansas State Police officials confirmed Thursday morning that a Stuttgart police officer has been killed in an overnight shooting, with a state police officer also being injured.
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A vehicle pursuit began at around 11 p.m. Wednesday night with a Stone County man south of Stuttgart.
The pursuit ended south of the city near Rieger Road with the suspect, identified as Jacob Cole Barnes, 31, of Mountain View abandoning his vehicle and fleeing on foot.
During the foot pursuit, Barnes is believed to have fired on two Stuttgart police officers, resulting in the death of Sergeant Donald Scoby, 45, who was in foot pursuit of the suspect.
Sergeant Scoby was a four-year veteran of the Stuttgart Police Department.
Barnes then entered a residence at 593 Rieger Road occupied by a woman who barricaded herself inside the home and was subsequently extricated safely by the Arkansas State Police SWAT team shortly before 7 AM today.
Moments later, Barnes shot a state police SWAT team member who sustained a non-life-threatening wound and is being treated at a Little Rock hospital.
Barnes was fatally wounded during an exchange of gunfire with SWAT team members.
A Gofundme account has been set up for Sgt. Scoby with $3, 193 in donations so far.