Gunman Kills Ark. Police Officer, Then Wounds Trooper in Standoff

Dec. 15, 2022
Stuttgart Police Sgt. Donald Scoby, 45. was fatally shot during a foot chase following an attempted traffic stop, and the suspect was later killed in a shootout that left a SWAT team member wounded.

An Arkansas police officer was fatally shot by a suspect who was killed in a shootout during a standoff that left a state trooper wounded Thursday. 

The incident began at around 11 p.m. Wednesday when Stuttgart Police Sgt. Donald Scoby, 45, tried to pull over a car driven by Jacob Cole Barnes, 31, Arkansas State Police said in a statement. Barnes would not stop, and a chase ensued.

At one point, Barnes abandoned his vehicle and began fleeing pursuit. During the chase, he allegedly shot and killed Scoby.

Barnes eventually came to a home and forced his way inside. A woman also was in the house, and she barricaded herself inside as police reached the scene.

Barnes opened fire during the standoff, wounding a SWAT team member. Police returned fire, killing Barnes.

“Barnes was fatally wounded during an exchange of gunfire with SWAT team members," Arkansas State Police said in a statement.

The woman inside the house was rescued by police and uninjured. The wounded SWAT team member suffered a wound that wasn't considered life-threatening.

The Arkansas State Police is leading the investigation into Scoby's shooting.

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