CABOT, Ark. (KTHV) – Arkansas State Police are reporting that a man has died as the result of an officer-involved shooting.
According to Public Information Officer Bill Sadler, Lonoke County Sheriff's Office and Arkansas Department of Community Correction (ADCC) arrested 35-year-old man at the 900 block of East Main Street in Cabot Tuesday night.
Sadler said the man was placed into a law enforcement vehicle for hold when gunshots allegedly came from inside the car. He said law enforcement officers returned fire and struck the man, but reports did not say where he was hit.
Dina Tyler with ADCC said officers were actually searching for a different person on the night of the shooting and had gone to a residence where he might have been located. She said officers found two people there – one of them was 35-year-old Jonathan Macintosh.
Tyler said drugs were found on Macintosh, and he was subsequently cuffed and put in a patrol car. She went on to say that when they went back to question him, they opened the car door, and he began shooting at them with a small, compact handgun, forcing officers to return fire.
Tyler added that Macintosh was reportedly hit several times, and Sadler said he was taken to a hospital where he later died.
Tyler shared that Macintosh was on parole and was released in 2014 but had been doing well up until Tuesday night. He had apparently been in prison a few times – the first being on drug charges and the second being for felon in possession of a firearm.
According to Tyler, Macintosh was searched before he was put in the car, but ADCC is now investigating to see just how thoroughly he was searched or if someone could have dropped the gun to him from the car window.
No law enforcement personnel were injured. All ADCC officers involved are currently on leave while the investigation was underway. THV11 currently has no word on whether any officers from the sheriff's office are on leave.
More information will be released as soon as it becomes available.