Mother: Son, 18, turned to ‘nurse’ on the street for medical help after being shot by LRPD


LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The man police say fired shots at an officer turned himself in so he could get medical treatment for an apparent gunshot wound.

Tyler Ashford, 18, surrendered himself at Baptist Health hospital, as part of an agreement with Little Rock Police.

“He was definitely hit,” says Ashford’s mother, Tiffany Patton.

Patton says her son’s leg is infected after being shot during an officer-involved shooting Sunday morning.

Detectives say they are working to confirm Ashford’s gunshot injury is from the officer’s weapon.

“I didn’t know what was going on. The location he sent me, I couldn’t find him. I couldn’t find him at all,” says Patton.

Patton says her son was walking home from a friend’s place when the shooting happened.

Police reported on Sunday an officer patrolling the area of 28th and Boyd saw Ashford walking in the rain and stopped him.

Little Rock Police Lt. Michael Ford said that’s when Ashford took off running.

“The subject turned around and began to fire shots at the officer. Multiple shots were fired between the officer and the suspect,” Ford said Sunday.

Patton says her son was hit during the shootout.

“When he was running, the officer shot him from the back, the bullet came to the front,” Patton.

Police say Ashford managed to get away, Patton says her son went to get medical help, but not at a hospital.

“He went to someone’s house and bandaged him up,” says Patton. “It’s a lady. She’s supposed to be a nurse.”

Patton says her son’s leg wasn’t healing, and he needed to see a doctor.

“He was shot, he was scared, he didn’t know what was going to happen,” says Patton.

Patton says there’s more to what police say happened.

“He’s such a great a kid. When I mean a great kid, anyone would open the doors for him,” she says.

Police originally said Ashford was wanted for Criminal Attempt to Commit Capital Murder.

He could make his first court appearance as early as Wednesday morning.

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