GOOD JUDGEMENT BY SCSO DEPUTIES AVOIDS MORE SERIOUS EVENT
Friday morning, July 8, 2016, at approximately 12:30 am, Saline County Sheriff’s Office (SCSO) patrol deputies were dispatched to an address in the 8400 block of Bynum Road in Little Rock (Saline County). The call was for subjects engaged in drug activity.
The arriving SCSO deputy was a two-man unit. The second deputy in that patrol car was from the SCSO Reserve Unit. One vehicle was found to have four occupants inside and another vehicle had one occupant. A strong odor of marihuana was coming from the vehicles.
As the Reserve deputy approached the vehicle with one occupant, he observed gun next to the occupant. The Reserve deputy immediately gave verbal commands for the occupant to raise his hands, however the occupant did not comply and placed his hand on the weapon. The SCSO deputy that originally approached the vehicle with four occupants diverted to the vehicle with the armed subject and gave additional verbal commands. The occupant complied and raised his hands.
Central Dispatch was notified that officers were in need of assistance and additional units from the SCSO, Little Rock Police Department, Alexander Police Department and Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office responded to the scene.
All of the occupants were safely removed from the vehicles. Marijuana, suspected crack cocaine, suspected crystal methamphetamine, suspected heroin and prescription drugs were recovered. A second handgun was recovered inside of the vehicle that was occupied by the four subjects. That weapon was found to have been stolen from Ohio. Both weapons were fully loaded with a round in each chamber.
Over $4,000 in cash was recovered along with two scales.
Felony drug charges have been filed along with weapons charges. All of the subjects will be attending a bail review in the near future.
The subjects arrested are as follows:
Sheriff Wright also pointed out that officers/deputies from three neighboring jurisdictions responded, within in minutes, of hearing that SCSO deputies were in need of assistance. Sheriff Wright would like to thank each agency involved as well as the dispatchers on duty last night at the Office of Emergency Operations.
The evidence will be available to the media at the SCSO until 1:00 pm today and additional questions can be answered at that time.