Update (May 31):
ALMA, Ark. – A man wounded after a standoff and exchange of gunfire with officers along Interstate 49 on Wednesday has now been identified.
The Arkansas State Police (ASP) issued a news release Friday naming him as Jaime Leonel Reinosa-Salguero, 43, of Springdale.
The ASP says Reinosa-Salguero remains hospitalized in Washington County and his medical condition is reported to be stable.
He has been charged with attempted capital murder and felony fleeing. Both federal and other local law enforcement agencies are investigating at least two other incidents in which Reinosa-Salguero is a suspect. The investigations involve an Alma bank robbery and an attempted carjacking.
The ASP continues to conduct an internal administrative review of the officer involved shooting. Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division are also preparing a use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer investigative file that will be turned-over to the Washington County Prosecuting Attorney, who will determine whether the use of force by state troopers was consistent with Arkansas law.
Update (May 29):
ALMA, Ark. – A suspected bank robbery suspect is recovering after surgery for a gunshot wound that happened during an exchange of gunfire with officers on Wednesday.
An Arkansas State Police (ASP) news release issued late Wednesday afternoon states that the man, who has not yet been identified, is believed to live in Springdale.
The gunfire happened during a brief armed standoff along the northbound lanes of Interstate 49. The suspect was taken to a Washington County hospital where he underwent surgery and was reported in stable condition.
Federal and state authorities are working together to confirm his identity.
Shortly before 11 a.m., a state trooper patrolling I-49 spotted a northbound vehicle that matched the description of one driven by a suspect involved in the robbery of an Alma bank.
The ASP says the driver of the vehicle, later confirmed to be the robbery suspect, refused to comply with a traffic stop and drove away from the trooper. A pursuit continued into Washington County when the suspect reportedly began firing a gun at law enforcement officers, who then returned fire.
The suspect was forced off the highway at the 56 mile marker and traveled into a wooded area where the driver again began shooting at officers, who fired back at him.
No law enforcement officers were injured in the pursuit or shooting incidents.
Consistent with Arkansas State Police policy, two state troopers have been placed on administrative leave while the use of deadly force review is underway.
ALMA, Ark. (KNWA) – A bank robbery suspect is in custody after a standoff on a local interstate.
That’s according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO), which reports Interstate 49, around mile marker 55, is safe for travel again.
Alma Police reported the standoff between the suspected bank robber and police, which closed I-49 in both directions at exit 53.
The WCSO had advised the public to avoid exit 55 during the incident.
ALMA, Ark. (KNWA) – Arvest Bank was robbed Wednesday morning, May 29, according to authorities, and shots have been fired, according to Alma police.
The bank is located at 408 US-64.
State police, county and city law enforcement are in pursuit of a silver Nissan Sentra, being driven by a Hispanic man.
The shots were fired in the West Fork area, according to the authorities.
BLOCKED: Interstate 49 approaching exit 53.