JONESBORO, Ark. – A stand-off situation which began shortly before 3 PM in Jonesboro ended around 8 PM with a K9 and the suspect both being shot.
At about 3 PM Tuesday, December 11, 2018, officers with the Jonesboro Police Department received a call stating a subject that had been shot multiple times. Officers responded to the 600 block of Gladiolus Dr and located a 41 year old male victim who was removed from the scene to receive medical care.
Responding officers learned that the suspect in the shooting, a 56 year old female, was inside the home and was refusing to surrender herself to police custody. The Jonesboro Police Department Crisis Negotiation Team and S.W.A.T. Members and corresponding Team Medics where activated.
Numerous attempts were made to negotiate with the female with hopes of her surrendering to police custody. After several hours of negotiating with the suspect, the decision was made to deploy K9 Officer Gabo into the home to facilitate the arrest of the suspect.
Once in the home, police say the suspect fired at and struck K9 Officer Gabo. The press release then says she fired upon officers that followed Gabo. Police returned fire. The suspect was struck by gunfire that was returned by the entering officers and medical care was then provided after the scene was secure and the suspect no longer a threat.
K9 Officer Gabo is in good spirits and is being treated by a local veterinarian for the gunshot wound that he received and is in stable condition. No other officer was injured.
A friend of the 41-year-old victim told FB Live chat that he was alert and awake as of about 7:30 PM Tuesday. He was airlifted to Memphis to receive care for his injuries.
The condition of the suspect was not available to the press as of this publication.
Investigators with Arkansas State Police are on scene and will lead the investigation at the request of The Jonesboro Police Department.