UPDATE: Suspect in I-49 pursuit and shooting identified

Arkansas News

UPDATE: (5/31/19) WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ar. — Jaime Leonel Reinosa-Salguero, 43, of Springdale, has been identified as the individual who fled from Arkansas State Troopers earlier this week (May 29th) along Interstate 49.

  Reinosa-Salguero, who was wounded in the exchange of gunfire with law enforcement officers, has been charged with attempted capital murder and felony fleeing.  He remains hospitalized in Washington County and his medical condition is reported to be stable.

  While the Arkansas State Police continues to conduct an internal administrative review of the officer involved shooting, both federal and local law enforcement agencies are investigating at least two other incidents in which Reinosa-Salguero is a suspect.  The investigations involve an Alma bank robbery and an attempted carjacking.

   Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division are also preparing a use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer investigative file that will be turned-over to the Washington County Prosecuting Attorney, who will determine whether the use of force by state troopers was consistent with Arkansas law.


ORIGINAL: WASHINGTON COUNTY, Ark. – (5/29/19) A man believed to reside in Springdale was wounded in an exchange of gunfire with Arkansas State Troopers today during a pursuit and brief armed standoff along the northbound lanes of Interstate 49.  

The suspect was taken to a Washington County hospital where he underwent surgery and is reported to be in stable condition. Federal and state authorities are working together to confirm the identity of the individual.

At 10:58 a.m., a trooper patrolling I-49 spotted a vehicle traveling northbound that matched the description of one driven by a suspect involved in an earlier robbery of an Alma bank.

The driver of the vehicle later confirmed to be the robbery suspect, refused to comply with a traffic stop and fled from the trooper.  A pursuit continued into Washington County when the suspect reportedly began firing a gun at law enforcement officers who returned fire.

A precision immobilization technique was used by state troopers involved in the pursuit, causing the suspect to drive the vehicle off the highway at the 56-mile marker and travel into a wooded area where the driver again began shooting at officers who returned fire.

The suspect was taken into custody and transported to an area hospital.  No law enforcement officers were injured in the pursuit or shooting incidents.

Consistent with Arkansas State Police policy, two state troopers have been placed on administrative leave while the use of deadly force review is underway

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