JONESBORO, Ark. – A suspect is lucky to be alive after reportedly driving towards a State Trooper and refusing to stop, which led the trooper to fire shots at him. The man was eventually apprehended but put up a fight with the authorities during the arrest.
The incident involving JPD occurred at approximately 2:05 PM on July 5th in the vicinity of the 6600-block of East Highland Drive. It began when a dark-colored Ford F-150 was traveling south on Hwy 49 from Brookland. A Brookland police officer, heading north on 49 near the Jonesboro city limits, had a close encounter with the truck as it veered into the officer’s lane, narrowly avoiding a collision. The truck initially stopped on Johnson Avenue, allowing a passenger to exit, before resuming its journey westward. Contact with the vehicle was lost at that point.
A short time later, a State Trooper reported being behind the suspect vehicle at Highland and Nestle but encountered resistance as the truck refused to stop. Information was relayed to dispatch, suggesting that the driver may have had a firearm in the truck.
The Trooper made three attempts to execute the Pursuit Intervention Technique (PIT) maneuver, with the third attempt proving successful. However, as the Trooper approached the vehicle, the driver continued driving towards the Trooper. In response, the Trooper discharged their firearm towards the truck. The truck managed to get back on the roadway, but the Trooper successfully executed another PIT maneuver, causing the front tires to collapse.
Multiple officers arrived at the scene while the Trooper was engaged in a physical altercation with the suspect, who refused to exit the vehicle. According to officers’ observations, the driver repeatedly punched the Trooper through the window, prompting the Trooper to strike the suspect in defense. Jonesboro officers intervened by using a taser through the passenger window, while the suspect’s back was turned. Despite the resistance, the driver was eventually taken into custody.
The suspect, identified as 41-year-old Davon Nathan Gordon was arrested on charges of felony leaving the scene of an accident and resisting arrest. The police report says the suspect is from Shelby, NC while jail records show his residence to be Blytheville. Officers noted that Gordon exhibited signs of intoxication, shouted obscenities, and refused medical treatment during the incident.