LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- A firefighter was shot and killed while responding to a medical emergency in Pulaski County, according to Capt. Carl Minden with the sheriff's office.
Capt. Minden said the incident happened around 5 a.m. Friday on the 200 block of Dortch Loop. He said emergency services was called to the home because a person there was having a seizure; East Pulaski Volunteer Fire Department (EPVFD) was first on scene.
Deputies reportedly found EPVFD firefighter Ronald Jason Adams, 29, suffering from gunshot wounds. He was later pronounced dead at the Springhill Baptist Medical Center in North Little Rock. THV11 interviewed Adams in October. He told us, when asked about being a volunteer firefighter, "That to me is why I do it more than anything. Somebody has to protect this community."
Friday afternoon, around 5:45 p.m., the PCSO announced that they had arrested the owner of the home off Dortch Loop, Mark Pruitt for the murder of Adams. Pruitt is charged with manslaughter.
Officials have yet to release the cause of the shooting.
In addition to being a volunteer firefighter, Adams was also a full-time firefighter with the Sherwood Fire Department. They made a post on their Facebook page Friday morning sending their condolences to Adams' family.
It is with heavy heart that we announce the loss of our brother Lt. Jason Adams. Jason was making a medical call with his volunteer department this morning when he was shot and killed. Jason had a witty sense of humor and could make everyone laugh. He will be greatly missed. Please keep his family and friends in your prayers as we go through this hard time.
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