by Max Brantley
Fox 16 says the shooting may involve a suspect being sought by police in an earlier Hot Springs shooting.
Channel 7 says events were precipitated by a Rockport police chase of a vehicle last seen being driven by a suspect in a Hot Springs shooting and robbery. The KATV account says the driver of the vehicle was killed, but has not been identified.
Turns out the chase began as local authorities pursued a suspect in a local store robbery near Bismarck and the man killed was the suspect in the Hot Springs robbery.
UPDATE: Details follow from the State Police:
Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division are investigating a shooting incident which occurred this morning in Rockport (Hot Spring County) involving a local police officer and a wanted fugitive.
About 7:30 AM (Wednesday, July 3rd) Hot Spring County authorities responded a robbery call from the Wishbone Store along Highway 84 near Bismarck.
A short time later, a Rockport police officer spotted a vehicle matching the description of a vehicle believed to have been driven by the robbery suspect.
The pick-up truck was stopped by police on a Wal-Mart parking lot between Malvern and Rockport. The driver was ordered to exit the vehicle. The officer reported hearing a gun shot from inside the truck and returned gunfire toward the driver.
Brandon Rennie Turner, 34, of Donaldson was pronounced dead at the scene.
Turner was also wanted by Hot Springs Police in connection with an attempted capital murder and aggravated robbery.
Turner’s body has been transported to the State Crime Laboratory for a determination and cause of death.
An investigative file will be submitted to the prosecuting attorney for review.
Any requests for information relating to the administrative status of the local law enforcement officer should be directed to the Rockport Police Department.