Update: AR Deputy Shot, Suspect in Custody

SCOTT COUNTY, Ark. - A local sheriff's deputy is recovering from a gunshot wound suffered in an incident Tuesday night that sent a suspect to jail.

The Scott County Sheriff's Office (SCSO) says Deputy Stacy Wieburg was treated and released at Mercy Hospital.

The incident began around 5 p.m. when the SCSO received a report of an intoxicated person driving recklessly near Imogene Rd. in southern Scott County. Two deputies responded to that call but before they arrived, another call came in reporting that the suspect may have also been involved in a domestic battery.

Wieburg, the first deputy to arrive, encountered the suspect, identified by that time as David Bently, as he was leaving his driveway. The SCSO says Bently fired shots at Deputy Wieburg and his patrol vehicle, resulting in and injury to Deputy Wieburg's right forearm. Deputy Wieburg returned fire and was able to gain cover at the rear of his vehicle. The second deputy to arrive, Deputy Jonathan Woodard, recovered Deputy Wieburg, removed him to a safe area, and administered first aid. 

The SCSO says Bently returned to his home and refused to communicate with deputies after numerous attempts were made to talk to him. Officers and deputies with the Waldron Police Department, Polk County Sheriff's Office, Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, Arkansas Game and Fish, U.S. Forest Service, and Arkansas State Police (ASP) worked together to secure the scene. Arkansas State Police SWAT and negotiators also assisted with the call. 

ASP SWAT was able to take Bently into custody at around 2 a.m. Wednesday without incident. He is being held at the Scott County Detention Center without bond. 

The ASP Criminal Investigation Division is leading the investigation into the incident.


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