LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – A Pine Bluff man is hospitalized in Little Rock after police say he jumped from the second floor of a parking deck downtown while running from an officer.
It happened shortly before 2 a.m. Sunday at 4th & Spring streets during a traffic stop for a headlight being out.
The Little Rock Police Department (LRPD) report states that Eugene Carl Boykins, Jr., 35, drove up into the Regions Bank parking deck and stopped on the second floor. His condition as of Monday morning was described by police as critical but stable.
Police say Boykins got out of the car and walked toward a police officer, who then ordered him to stop. When he did not stop, the officer drew his service weapon and Boykins then reportedly ran to the parking deck barrier and jumped over.
The officer said he tried to grab Boykins but was unable to hold on to him.
As the officer ran to help the man, he slipped on wet cement and sustained a minor injury. When he reached Boykins, police say the officer started CPR and called for an ambulance.
Police say two women were found in the vehicle that Boykins had been driving and one of them had a traffic warrant from Pine Bluff.
The LRPD report says a search of the vehicle turned up a loaded pistol under the driver’s seat.