JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ark. — A White Hall man is accused of pointing a gun at a Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputy and several Department of Corrections Officers moments before they shot and killed him.
Investigators identified the man as 40-year-old Matthew Abram.
Court records show Abram was out on bond for a pending felony charge.
The shooting happened Friday night around 6:45 p.m. along the railroad tracks near the intersection of the Martha Mitchell Expressway and Michigan Street.
The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office says a deputy spotted an unnamed suspect, who was wanted for multiple charges relating to a chase with deputies the day before, at a hotel near Commerce Road.
Authorities say as the deputy approached the suspect, the suspect got into the passenger seat of a car that Abram was driving, and the two drove off causing a chase on the Martha Mitchell Expressway.
Investigators say Abram turned onto the railroad tracks off Michigan Street, where his car got stuck.
Deputies say the unnamed suspect got out of the car and tried to run, but was caught and arrested near the scene.
The Sheriff’s Office says Abram got out of the car and pointed a gun at the deputy, who then shot at him. They say Abram continued to run.
The Arkansas Department of Corrections K9 teams came to help the search, they say they found Abram hiding in nearby brush.
According to investigators several ADC officers say Abram pointed a gun towards them, they asked him to put the gun down but he refused, so they shot at him.
A small-caliber gun was found near Abram’s body.
Arkansas State Police are leading the investigation into whether the deputy’s and the corrections officers’ use of force was justified.