MONTICELLO, AR -- A Drew County deputy has been shot and the suspect was found dead in the woods.
Deputy Jeremy Chapman was trying to pull the suspect over when he was shot once in the shoulder and once in the chest near his heart.
After releasing tracking dogs, law enforcement officials heard a gunshot and found suspect Nicholas Bray dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Deputy Chapman was shot once in the shoulder and once in the chest near his heart.
He is expected to recover after undergoing surgery to remove the bullets.
The Drew County Sheriff's Office issued the following release regarding the incident:
Drew County Deputy, Jeremy Chapman was shot twice during a routine traffic stop on March 28 at approximately 10:25 PM.
Nicholas Bray, 34, from Cleveland County left the scene after the shooting which lead to a manhunt for the subject. Drew County Sheriff's Department was assisted by Bradley, Chicot & Desha County Sheriff's Departments, Monticello Police Department and Drug Task Force. Sheriff Mark Gober would like to send his appreciation to Warden Gaylon Lay of the Arkansas Department of Corrections- Cummins Unit for the use of the prison's tracking dogs. The subject was found deceased in a deer stand near his residence from what appeared to be a self inflicted gunshot wound at around 4:30 AM.
Deputy Chapman was first taken to Drew Memorial Hospital but was later transported to JRMC. Deputy Chapman is in stable condition at this time and is improving.
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