by Max Brantley
BREAKING NEWS from Fox 16's David Goins on Twitter:
Crime spree suspect Todd Bostian killed by Garland County deputies. Not before he killed his 18yr old hostage who was 5 months pregnant
Fox 16 had reported earlier that Bostian had been spotted in Garland County and, at least briefly, had once again eluded officers in a stolen vehicle. He's been dodging law officers since Wednesday morning in a spree of burglaries, robberies and auto thefts. He kidnapped a pregnant former girlfriend in Ward Wednesday and she and he had been spotted since then in several locations, including Wal-Marts in Jacksonville and Malvern.
Channel 7 reported a standoff between Garland County deputies and Bostian overnight at 144 Blue Heron Drive. Bostian died from a gunshot wound. Also wounded were his 18-year-old former girlfriend, Kasey Myers (pictured) and another woman, whose injury was said to be non-threatening. Myers was reported dead shortly after arriving at a hospital.
Today's THV said the standoff began about 9 p.m. after a report that a car in which Bostian had been seen was at a house in Driftwood Estates. Officers made contact, but Bostian refused to surrender. The standoff ended about 3 a.m. after Bostian and officers exchanged gunfire. At that point, THV reports, a sniper shot Bostian. The report said Bostian shot Myers before the exchange of gunfire with law officers.
THV said Bostian was at the home of an acquaintance. The other woman shot was reportedly the wife of his acquaintance. She was shot in the leg.
KATV's Melinda Mayo, in a radio report on The Buzz, said Bostian exited the house with the two women as shields and shot both of them. He then fled toward Lake Hamilton and then was shot by the sniper.
UPDATE: If you didn't notice a later blog post, please note that authorities are now reserving judgment on whether Bostian shot the hostages or whether they were struck by police gunfire. Further tests will determine that.
NOTES ON NEWS COVERAGE:
Pity the poor newspaper.
The Democrat-Gazette did a bangup job in the Friday morning paper detailing the crime spree Wednesday and Thursday. But it left the story far from completed, saying Bostian had still eluded capture Thursday night. If TV accounts are accurate, police had Bostian surrounded by 9 pm., a good three hours before final deadline of the daily newspaper. And he was holed up in a city where the D-G has a sister newspaper.
TV stations weren't all fast with detailed website updates, but here's where Twitter came in handy for news junkies.
I take Twitter feeds from all the major LR stations. Please correct me, stations, if I'm wrong, but it appears that KARK broke the resolution of the story first, about 4:30 a.m. Today's THV was minutes behind (and first with a detailed website update). About an hour later, KATV weighed in. David Goins of Fox 16 was yet another hour behind. (I quoted him first because that was the first post I saw on my Twitter account when I checked it about 6:15 a.m. or so and I wanted to put the news on my blog quickly, at 6:32 a.m. I "re-tweeted" his post. Minutes later, the D-G kicked in a Twitter feed. Despite the newspaper owner's restrictions on free access to website content, the newspaper's new web manager has aggressively begun pushing breaking news through the Twitter feed. But most D-G readers will have to wait until 30 hours or more after deputies had Bostian surrounded to learn he is dead. If the newspaper is their only source of information. That's an increasingly big "if" these days.
It's true. The Arkansas Blog's staff shut down about 6 p.m. yesterday. We intend to counsel him on his slacking.