by Max Brantley
An Arkansas Game and Fish Commission wildlife
officer was injured yesterday during a shootout with a man suspected of
illegal hunting. Wildlife officer Matt Flowers, 29, of Maumelle was shot
once in the chest during an altercation with a man Flowers suspected of
illegally hunting in North Little Rock's Burns Park.
The shooting took place at about 9 a.m. on Saturday. Flowers was
checking Phillip Kelly, 36, of North Little Rock, to see if he had been
hunting in the area when the struggle broke out. He was able to return
fire and hit Kelly with several shots. Flowers was taken to an area
hospital where he was treated for his injuries and released. He was
wearing body armour which prevented any serious injuries. Flowers is a
five year veteran of the AGFC.
The North Little Rock Police Department is investigating the shooting.
According to NLR police officials, Kelly has been charged with attempted
capital murder in the shooting. He is presently in a Little Rock
hospital where he is under guard and recovering from his injuries.
Flowers was on a routine patrol along Young Road in North Little Rock
when he saw Kelly dressed in camouflage clothing. Shortly after the
shooting, Kelly was able to get away from Flowers and flee from the
scene to a nearby house.