Booneville, AR - Booneville Police Chief Albert Brown was shot early Wednesday after he and Booneville Police Officers were ambushed while responding to a call.
According to the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the ambush occurred about 1:35 AM at a residence in Booneville. Logan County Sheriff Boyd Hicks said that a 911 dispatcher had received a call about a suicidal man.
Chief Brown and other Booneville Police Officers responded to the residence. Upon their arrival, the suspect came out from around the side of the house where he was hiding to ambush the officers. Armed with a rifle and a handgun, the suspect opened fire on the police.
One of the bullets struck Chief Brown in the leg. The chief then demonstrated that his brass wasn't all on his uniform. The veteran lawman tackled his shooter to the ground and arrested him.
“He arrested the guy after he shot him,” Sheriff Hicks said. “He placed the man in custody.”
A Booneville Police Officer drove Chief Brown to Mercy Hospital in the Chief's vehicle, and he was then transferred to a hospital in Fort Smith. Sheriff Hicks said that he followed Chief Brown to Fort Smith, and talked with him in the hospital.
“I think everything is going to be all right,” Sheriff Hicks said.
The Booneville Police Department and the Arkansas State Police are conducting the investigation.
Calls to suicidal subjects remain some of the most dangerous calls that law enforcement can respond to. Suicidal people don't plan on sticking around to deal with the consequences of their actions, or they welcome the consequences.
Our thoughts and prayers are with Booneville Police Chief Albert Brown. Get well soon.