UNION COUNTY, ARKANSAS, Ark. — According to Arkansas State Police, 66-year-old Emmett Maroney was shot by Union Co. deputies Friday after Maroney allegedly threatened to 'kill cops' inside the Union County Sheriff's Office.
Police say Maroney was parked outside the sheriff's office when a woman who parked nearby claimed Maroney recommended she not go into the building because "he was going inside to kill cops and you might not want to go inside."
Police say moments later, Maroney struck a deputy with the rear bumper of his car while backing out of the parking lot. He then allegedly drove forward toward two deputies approaching the vehicle.
The deputies fired their guns at the car and Maroney sustained a non-life threatening gunshot wound, police say.
Maroney was transported to a local hospital for treatment of the wound, then released into the custody of sheriff’s department custody.
Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division have been requested by the sheriff’s department to document the chain of events and prepare an investigative report for the prosecuting attorney. The prosecutor will determine whether the use of deadly force by the law enforcement officers was consistent with Arkansas law.