JONESBORO, Ark. – The Jonesboro Police Department has been informed that one of the department’s officers was arrested on an aggravated assault complaint Thursday in Randolph County.
Officer Garrett Thomason has been placed on paid administrative leave by the Jonesboro Police Department, pending both the outcome of an investigation by Arkansas State Police and an internal investigation by JPD’s Office of Professional Standards.
While the investigations of the circumstances that led up to his arrest are ongoing, we will be unable to provide additional information, said the press release from JPD Information Specialist Paul Holmes.
Arkansas law § 5-13-204 – Aggravated assault, defines the crime as follows:
(a) A person commits aggravated assault if, under circumstances manifesting extreme indifference to the value of human life, he or she purposely:
(1) Engages in conduct that creates a substantial danger of death or serious physical injury to another person; (2) Displays a firearm in such a manner that creates a substantial danger of death or serious physical injury to another person; or (3) Impedes or prevents the respiration of another person or the circulation of another person’s blood by applying pressure on the throat or neck or by blocking the nose or mouth of the other person.
Aggravated assault is a Class D felony.