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Update: Man Sought for Attempted Murder of Arkansas Police Officer

Search for suspect continues near Arkansas-Louisiana border.
Update (Sept. 18):
UNION PARISH, LA (KTVE-KARD) - A manhunt is underway on the Louisiana/Arkansas border for a Spearsville (Louisiana) man facing charges that include attempted murder of a police officer in Arkansas and a home invasion in Union Parish.
 
It all started shortly before 5 p.m. Tuesday when deputies with the Union Parish Sheriff’s Office (UPSO) received a complaint that John Meade had forced his way into a house where his estranged wife was living in the Spearsville area.
 
UPSO Chief Deputy Dusty Gates said Meade crawled into the house through a bedroom window and tried to hold the woman inside before she managed to escape.

Meade, 33, then reportedly took a truck from his employer and drove it to El Dorado (Union County). Authorities there received a call about a possible drunk driver and when officers found the man, he refused to stop. Deputies with the Union County Sheriff’s Office and Arkansas State Police then chased Meade down U.S. 167 toward Louisiana.
 
Gates said they set up a road block and that the truck driven by Meade kept going. He said shots were fired by law enforcement to disable the vehicle. The shots caused the truck to stall out just over the state line into Louisiana.

Meade then ran into a wooded area where he is being sought by Arkansas and Louisiana officers.
 
Gates said Meade will face home invasion, domestic abuse battery, felony theft (the truck) and possible other charges in Union Parish. Meade, who is a registered sex offender, also will face charges in Union County.

Original story (Sept. 17, 7:00 p.m.):
ARKANSAS/LOUISIANA - A story is developing tonight at the Louisiana/Arkansas border involving several police agencies.

Authorities say it all started in Union Parish in northern Louisiana and next to the Arkansas state line.

Officials say a man stole a pickup truck, nearly hit a state trooper and eventually fled into some woods along Highway 167.

At some point, a Union Parish official told KTVE that shots were fired, though no injuries are reported.

Louisiana State Police are assisting Union Parish deputies at this time.

Arkansas State Police call the situation "fluid" and will not comment on its involvement.

We will continue to update as more information becomes available.

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