Per­son found shot in­side car pulled over

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NORTHWEST ARKANSAS - SCAR­LET SIMS

FAYETTEVILLE — Po­lice stopped a driver on Martin Luther King Jr. Boule­vard on sus­pi­cion of speed­ing Wed­nes­day after­noon and found a per­son with a gun­shot wound in the back seat of the car, ac­cord­ing to po­lice.

A male was taken to Wash­ing­ton Re­gional Med­i­cal Cen­ter with se­ri­ous in­juries at 4 p.m., said Becky Ste­wart, Cen­tral EMS chief. Ste­wart said she couldn’t con­firm whether the per­son was older than 18.

Dan Par­sons and his son, Wy­att Braswell, stood in a park­ing lot watch­ing po­lice search the car. Par­sons said he saw the traf­fic stop and four peo­ple were in the car, in­clud­ing one per­son who was shot in the leg.

He said three peo­ple jumped out and two ran away from the white car that had been headed east on MLK Jr. Boule­vard.

A po­lice of­fi­cer gave the driver a slip of pa­per that ap­peared to be a speed­ing ticket, Braswell said. Po­lice talked to the man twice by 4:30 p.m., Par­sons said. They then placed him in hand­cuffs and put him in the back of a pa­trol ve­hi­cle.

Po­lice searched the ve­hi­cle where they found what ap­peared to be drugs. That is wor­ri­some, Par­sons said.

“Drugs brings crime,” Par­sons said. “When it’s your home­town, it’s not fun to watch.”

Lt. An­thony Mur­phy said early Wed­nes­day evening that no fur­ther in­for­ma­tion was avail­able and the in­ves­ti­ga­tion was on­go­ing.

The car was stopped across from the Wal-Mart Neigh­bor­hood Mar­ket near the in­ter­sec­tion of Gov­ern­ment Av­enue and MLK Jr. Boule­vard.

At least seven po­lice ve­hi­cles blocked the street and routed traf­fic onto Gov­ern­ment Av­enue for about 45 min­utes. Crime scene in­ves­ti­ga­tors and pa­trol of­fi­cers were on scene.

NWA Demo­crat-Gazette/SCAR­LET SIMS

Traf­fic is di­verted by po­lice af­ter a pa­trol of­fi­cer pulled over a ve­hi­cle and found a per­son with a gun­shot wound in the back seat of a car Wed­nes­day after­noon at the in­ter­sec­tion of Gov­ern­ment Av­enue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boule­vard in Fayetteville.

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