BENTON, AR - A burglary suspect has been shot after local police catch him and another suspect allegedly breaking in to a hotel construction site.
It happened shortly before 4 this morning next to the Benton Events Center (17324 I-30).
The Benton Police Department says two officers investigated suspicious activity at the site and came upon the suspects inside an equipment trailer.
Police say Michael Dickson, 34, became combative when an officer tried to arrest him. During the physical altercation that followed, an officer fired his pistol towards Dickson who was struck once. Dickson made it into his vehicle and drove off with officers chasing behind him. The police pursuit ended near Saline Memorial Hospital, where Dickson was admitted for treatment. He was in satisfactory condition at last report.
The officer involved in the shooting and physical altercation suffered some minor injuries, but was not admitted to the hospital. The officer is on paid administrative leave until the conclusion of the investigation into the incident.
Wesley Harris, 22, is the other suspect found at the scene. Police say he ran towards I-30 when confronted by officers and was eventually taken into custody in the parking lot of a gas station (Murphy USA).
Upon his release from the hospital, Dickson will be charged with Felon in Possession of a Firearm, Resisting Arrest, Possession of a Controlled Substance, Fleeing in a Vehicle, Commercial Burglary, Criminal Trespassing, and Criminal Mischief 1st Degree. Harris is charged with Commercial Burglary, Criminal Trespassing, Fleeing on Foot, and Criminal Mischief 1st Degree.
The BNPD says additionally, Dickson is also an active parolee out of the Arkansas Department of Community Corrections.
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