Update: Suspect in shooting of 3-year-old in Searcy County facing Aggravated Assault, Third Degree Battery charges



SEARCY COUNTY, Ark. – Cassell and his officers went to the area where the shooting took place and made contact with Rowland Kent “Tom” Wyatt, who appeared to be intoxicated. Wyatt was taken to the Searcy County Detention Center for questioning. Witnesses were questioned at the scene.

Cassell remained and held the scene while Searcy County Chief Deputy prepared the warrants necessary to conduct a search of Wyatt’s property. During the search, law enforcement officials located several pieces of evidence. Through evidence and statements from Wyatt, law enforcement officials determined that Wyatt was the person who fired the gun.

During an interview with Arkansas State Police CID conducted on August 8, Wyatt stated that he came out of his residence and fired the gun.


SEARCY COUNTY, Ark.- Charges have been filed against a man who deputies say shot a 3-year-old boy.

Tom Wyatt

Tom Wyatt, 64, faces four charges of Aggravated Assault and one Third Degree Battery charge.

He remains in the Searcy County Jail.

His bond has been set at $30,000.


SEARCY COUNTY, Ark.- A 3-year-old boy who was injured in a shooting has been released from the hospital.

The victim’s father has given Fox16 permission to use the photos.

The boy’s father says Kole is heading home.

The victim’s father has given Fox16 permission to use the photos.

The father has given Fox16 permission to use the boy’s name and photos.

Original Story:

SEARCY COUNTY, Ark. – A 3-year-old child has been shot and taken to Arkansas Children’s Hospital.

The Sheriff’s Office tells us a suspect is in custody for this Wednesday incident.

It happened around 6 p.m. in the St. Joe area along South Wollum (not far from Buffalo River).

There’s no further word on the child’s condition.

The suspect is not related to the child, the Searcy County Sheriff’s Office says.

The Arkansas State Police is assisting in the investigation.

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