Newton County Sheriff Glenn Wheeler said his office received a call shortly before 9:00 p.m. on Thursday night, June 13 saying a man had been shot near a residence south of Jasper and the suspect had driven away in the victim’s van.
Deputies arrived on scene to find a 55-year-old man shot multiple times, including in the face, neck, shoulder, foot and both legs. The man was alive but severely injured.
Deputies rendered aid, and the man was later transported by ambulance to a helicopter and airlifted to a Trauma Center. The victim was reported as critical, but stable for the time being.
The victim's name has not yet been released pending family notification.
Deputies, along with officers from Jasper Police Department, Arkansas State Police, 14th Judicial District’s Drug Task Force, Hasty Constable, and the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission began searching for the suspect, Tyler Blue Breedlove, 29. Deputies learned that Breedlove was allegedly stealing the victim’s van when the victim and a witness came outside to investigate. Breedlove allegedly opened fire with a 12-gauge shotgun, firing three times, striking the victim with multiple buckshot projectiles. Breedlove then drove off in the victim’s white Toyota Sienna minivan with Arkansas license 947 XTY. The van is described as being very beat up and rough.
Breedlove knows the area very well and may be looking for another vehicle or hideout. Sheriff Wheeler said “we are asking folks to lock their doors and be extra vigilant until he is located. He is armed with a shotgun for sure, and possibly more weapons, and was obviously in a mindset to be violent. Please be extra cautious, lock all doors and vehicles. We don’t want any more victims.”
Breedlove is described as 5’9”, approximately150 pounds with hazel eyes and brown hair. He recently had somewhat long hair and a beard. He is considered armed and dangerous and, if seen, should not be approached. Anyone with any information as to his whereabouts or the whereabouts of the van is asked to call the Newton County Sheriff’s Office at (870) 446-5124.