In-custody death being investigated by State Police

JONESBORO, Ark. – A subject in police custody died today in Cross County and now Arkansas State Police are investigating the incident.

NEA Report requested an update from State Police Spokesperson Bill Saddler, who released the following to us:

Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division have been requested to open an investigation into the death of an individual who was being taken into custody by Cross County sheriff’s deputies earlier today (Tuesday, December 3, 2019).

The request for the investigation was directed to the state police by Sheriff David West of the Cross County Sheriff’s Department.

Jeffery Scott Lueallen, 41, died after reportedly fleeing on foot from deputies who had approached Lueallen and a second person in what was described as a “field” near Arkansas Highways 42 and 163 west of the Birdeye community. The incident occurred about 3:45 AM.

The manner and cause of death will be determined by the state medical examiner. State police special agents will interview a witness and deputies who were present at the time of the incident as well as retain custody of evidence that has been collected from the location of the death.

The investigative file compiled by the special agents will be presented to the Cross County prosecuting attorney to determine whether any criminal violations may have occurred during the course of the incident.

Press Release – Bill Saddler



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