COORDINATED RESPONSE TO MABELVALE CRITICAL INCIDENT
On Friday, February 12, 2016, at approximately 9:00 pm, Saline County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) deputies were called to the 14000 block of Black Oaks Court, Mabelvale, for shots fired. Two SCSO deputies responded.
While on scene, a gunshot was heard and a muzzle flash observed from inside the residence by the shift supervisor.
Deputies backed off, set up a perimeter and called the patrol supervisor. While on the phone with the supervisor, the acting sergeant stated that he was now being fired upon by suspect(s) inside of the dwelling.
A larger perimeter was established and additional units were dispatched. Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) elements from the Benton Police Department (PD) as well as the Bryant PD arrived. Hostage negotiators were also dispatched to the scene. Due to the increased possibility of a life threatening injury, Medic #2 (MEDTRAN), the Northeast Fire Department (FD) and Shannon Hills FD responded and stood-by at the scene.
Attempts were made to contact the occupant(s) inside of the dwelling with negative results.
One 17 year old, who was home alone next door, was instructed by SCSO deputies to stay inside his/her house, inside a closet, and wait for further instructions. He/she did not have a phone but could communicate with a relative via Facebook. Just prior to midnight, that 17 year old was rescued by Benton SWAT team members, escaped without injury, and later reunited with his grandmother.
More attempts were made to communicate with the occupants(s) inside of the dwelling, but were again met with negative results.
The SCSO had outside police agencies (Bryant PD and Loanoke Sheriff's Office) make contact with family members in an attempt to gain more insight on the suspect(s) inside. Those attempts were helpful, however contact could still not be made with anyone inside the dwelling.
A decision was made to shrink the distance between the Benton PD/Bryant PD SWAT team members and the house. Both teams were transported inside of Mine Resistant Ambush Protected (MRAP) vehicles which were obtained by the U.S. Defense Logistics Agency.
Shortly after 3:00 am, a white female, accompanied by a small dog, exited the front door of the dwelling and was immediately detained by Benton/Bryant PD SWAT officers.
That woman, later identified as Jackie A. Founds, did not provide any information as to other occupants inside of the dwelling. Both Founds and the dog were kept in a SCSO vehicle while a decision was made as to if/how the house should be secured.
At approximately 3:30 am, entry was made to the dwelling by Benton PD SWAT team members. The home was found to be unoccupied.
SCSO Criminal Investigation Division detectives obtained a search warrant for that residence.
Founds was arrested and charged with 4 counts of aggravated assault (4 SCSO deputies were shot at). More charges could be filed at a later time. Ms. Founds' dog was released to a neighbor.
No further information will be released at this time.
There were no injuries to citizens, suspects, deputies or officers. This can be attributed to a team approach to a potentially violent and dangerous situation. Many thanks to the Benton PD, Bryant PD, Shannon Hills PD, Loanoke Sheriff's Office, Shannon Hills FD personnel, Northeast FD personnel and MEDTRAN personnel from Medic #2. 911 Dispatchers from the Saline County Office of Emergency Management must be commended for their incredible performance during this stressful situation.