NEWTON COUNTY, Ark. – A local man is hospitalized in critical condition after being shot at a home Thursday night while the suspect was allegedly stealing his vehicle.
It happened shortly before 9 p.m. south of Jasper, says a news release issued Friday morning by the Newton County Sheriff’s Office (NCSO). The NCSO says the 55-year-old victim was shot multiple times, including in the face, neck, shoulder, foot and both legs.
Deputies say the suspect, identified as Tyler Blue Breedlove, 29, was allegedly stealing the victim’s van when the victim and a witness came outside to investigate. Breedlove allegedly opened fire with a 12-gauge shotgun, firing three times, striking the victim with multiple buckshot projectiles.
Breedlove left the scene in the victim’s white Toyota Sienna minivan with Arkansas license 947 XTY. The van is described as being very beat up and rough.
The NCSO says Breedlove knows the area very well and may be looking for another vehicle or hideout.
“We are asking folks to lock their doors and be extra vigilant until he is located. He is armed with a shotgun for sure, and possibly more weapons, and was obviously in a mindset to be violent. Please be extra cautious, lock all doors and vehicles. We don’t want any more victims,” said Sheriff Glenn Wheeler in the news release.
Breedlove is described as 5’9” tall and about 150 pounds with hazel eyes and brown hair. He recently had somewhat long hair and a beard.
The sheriff says he is considered armed and dangerous and, if seen, should not be approached.
Anyone with any information as to his whereabouts or the whereabouts of the van, is asked to call the Newton County Sheriff’s Office at (870) 446-5124.