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Police: Man who shot at Lyft driver in Van Buren arrested

According to police, 34-year-old DeAngelo Lee shot at his Lyft driver after jumping out of the vehicle in Van Buren.

VAN BUREN, Ark. — Van Buren police have arrested the man they say shot at a Lyft driver after jumping out of the vehicle at around 4 p.m. on Wednesday, June 29. The driver was not injured.

Van Buren Police Chief Jamie Hammond says a Lyft driver picked up 34-year-old DeAngelo Lee in Fort Smith and when they drove to Van Buren, an altercation took place and both the driver and Lee "went for" their own guns. Lee allegedly "jumped out, shot at the car and fled."

Lee fled the area of 3rd and Main Street after shooting at the Lyft driver and was last seen in the downtown area, police said.

Police say Lee attempted to get water from the guard shack at Simmons Foods where he was recognized. 

Lee was booked on the following charges:

  • Aggravated Robbery
  • Aggravated Assault
  • Theft of Property 
  • Felon in possession of a firearm 
  • Residential Burglary
  • Terroristic Threatening 1st Degree

Captian Jonathan Wear with the Van Buren Police Department says the Lyft driver did reach for his gun in self-defense but never fired and is not a suspect. Wear also says multiple witnesses in the area called the department to report the incident and gunshot.

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