Update (May 1):
YELL COUNTY, AR – Authorities have now identified a man who was arrested Thursday night after an hours-long standoff in Dardanelle.
The Yell County Sheriff’s Office says Charles Edward Black, 49, of Atkins, is a previously convicted felon who got away from Pope County authorities on Wednesday night.
According to the standoff incident report, detectives with the Yell County Sheriff’s Office received information on Thursday that led them to a home on Arcadia Lane, three miles outside of Dardanelle where Black was found to be inside.
When detectives arrived at the home they were aware that Black would possibly be armed and had made suicidal statements, as well as references to “suicide-by-cop.”
After several attempts by officers demanding Black come out of the home, deputies then tried to get inside but were met by what sounded like two gunshots as they tried to enter a bedroom.
A report says that authorities negotiated with Black for 30 minutes before deciding they should back off when Black began making phone calls to people outside of the home making references that the standoff “wasn’t going to end well.”
An Arkansas State Police SWAT was then called to the scene, and troopers then tried to get Black to surrender. He came out only after they released tear gas into the home.
Black has been charged with Aggravated Assault, Possession of Firearms, Interference with a Law Enforcement Officer and Habitual Offender.
Update (10 p.m.):
DARDANELLE, AR – According to the Yell County Sheriff’s Office, a standoff suspect has been arrested.
The man was reportedly wanted by Pope County on drug charges.
Original story (April 30, 8:30 p.m.):
DARDANELLE, AR – Multiple agencies are involved in a SWAT standoff in Dardanelle.
According to our content partner River Valley Leader, the suspect involved is a wanted fugitive.
Authorities are not yet releasing any further details.