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Conway police arrest man for attempted capital murder of officer

A Conway police officer is resting safely at home after someone shot at him. The shot missed him by inches and now a man police say is an illegal immigrant is in jail charged in the shooting.
A Conway police officer is resting safely at home after someone shot at him.  The shot missed him by inches and now a man police say is an illegal immigrant is in jail charged in the shooting.

Francisco Ortega-Montalvo, 30, sits in the Faulkner County jail accused of the attempted capital murder of a Conway police officer at 11 Hazelwood late Monday night.
 
Daniel Campbell lives across the street.

"We heard the shot and then heard someone yelling "don’t move don't move," Campbell says.

Campbell didn't see or hear what immediately led up to that shot.  According to police, the officer knocked on the front door, heard someone go out a side door and then saw the muzzle-flash of a shot.  He turned and ran for cover.

"Usually when this happens we're glad that officers resort to their training,” officer Chris Harris says.  “This is why we train, just for events like this."

Minutes later back-up officers arrived and Ortega-Montalvo surrendered in the front yard.

So why were police in front of his home to begin with?  It started with a hit and run a few blocks away along Oak Street.  The victim in that case said Ortega-Montalvo hit him from behind and then sped away.

Conway police say Ortega-Montalvo had no known criminal history.  But even without one, he shouldn't have had a weapon because police say he's an illegal immigrant.

The FBI background check when buying a gun is supposed to keep illegals from obtaining weapons.  But police say if an illegal immigrant or anyone else wants to get a gun, there are a number of illegal avenues to get one.  That's the reality that officers face everyday.

Ortega-Montalvo will have to face charges here in Arkansas and potentially serve time.  After all that, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement will take over and deport him back to Mexico.

ICE tells FOX16 News it will conduct a follow-up investigation to see if any additional charges will be filed.

Conway police tell us officer Derrick Flowers will be back on the job Tuesday night.
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