ASP: Troopers exchange gunfire with driver after attempted traffic stop, foot chase


CONWAY, Ark. – A traffic stop near Conway led to a shootout between a suspect and an Arkansas State Trooper.

Police say trooper Tyler Langley was attempting to pull over a driver on I-40 for speeding Thursday afternoon when the man refused to stop.

Langley chased the car through traffic and off I-40 to Dave Ward Dr. in Conway, where the driver pulled into a neighborhood on South Mitchell St. and jumped out of the car.

According to ASP, the pursuit led to a foot chase, where the suspect pulled out a gun and began firing at Langley. Langley returned fire, and the driver was ultimately arrested. No one was injured in the chase and shootout.

South Mitchell St. neighbor John Ed Graddy was headed home when he drove up to the crime scene. He says his house was one of those blocked off by police.

“I’m just trying to get home past all this excitement,” Graddy explained while he was waiting for an officer to escort him home. “As I understand it, they’re investigating. Part of it must have happened in my backyard.”

The driver is now being held at the Faulkner County Detention Center awaiting questioning from ASP special agents. His identity will be revealed once he’s formally charged.

Arkansas State Police say this is the second time this week a state trooper was shot at.

Tuesday morning, Cpl. Steve Robert tried to stop a speeding car near Forrest City, but the driver refused to pull over. He then allegedly pulled out a gun and fired at Robert from his car.

37-year-old Stevie Maxwell of Mississippi eventually surrendered and was arrested. He faces several charges including aggravated assault and driving while intoxicated.

The trooper wasn’t injured in the shooting.

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