Update: Names Released in Officer Involved Shooting in Baxter Co.

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BAXTER COUNTY, Ark. – New information has been released in a deadly officer involved shooting in the Lone Rock area. 

In a news release issued Tuesday, the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office identified the man that was shot as Michael Lavelle Holliman, 50. The deputy has been identified as Deputy Craig Gates.

Holliman was arrested in January by Mountain Home Police for a DWI. He had provided an address in Nacogdoches, Texas to Baxter County Jail staff after he was booked. His next of kin are in Iowa. 

The body has been sent to the State Crime Lab for an autopsy. 

Deputy Gates has been with the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office since July of 2015. He had previously worked for another law enforcement agency in Arkansas before moving to Baxter County. According to the Sheriff’s policy, Deputy Gates will be on administrative leave for a few days.

According to the news release, a vehicle registered to Michael Holliman was found a little over a mile away from the scene on Twin Creek Road (a forest service road). Authorities say the vehicle was towed to impound, and a search warrant is being acquired to search the vehicle.   

Officers found a backpack, a cache of food, clothing, car keys, and other articles at a makeshift campsite in a wooded area half a mile from where the car was found along the same forest road. 

Baxter County Deputies confirm that the tractor that Holliman was operating was the one reported stolen on Monday. A piece of farm equipment attached to the tractor that was reported stolen was also discovered by authorities. 

The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office says there was an outstanding felony bench warrant for the arrest of Michael Holliman for Possession of Firearms by Certain Persons. 

Deputies discovered that during the arrest of Michael Holliman for a DWI in January, there were three loaded handguns and one disassembled shotgun in the vehicle. 

Mountain Home Police later obtained the warrant of Feb. 13 for the arrest of Holliman on the firearms charge. The warrant had not been served and was still active at the time. 

The news release states that Michael Holliman was found to have an extensive past arrest history in Missouri, California, Iowa, and Texas; including convictions for Armed Robbery, Grant Theft, and Assault. 

Authorities are working to determine why Holliman was in the area. The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office says Holliman is not known to have any family or acquaintances in the area. 

The Arkansas State Police is leading the investigation, with the Baxter County Sheriff’s Office assisting as needed.

Original story: 

BAXTER COUNTY, Ark. — The Baxter County Sheriff’s Office (BCSO) says one of its deputies shot and killed a man riding a tractor that was likely stolen.

It happened Monday night in the Lone Rock area — which is in far northern Arkansas.

The BCSO says deputies were called to a store on Push Mountain Rd. after a reported theft.  While there, a deputy was told a tractor matching the description of one reported stolen earlier in the day was passing by the store.

The deputy chased down the tractor and pulled over the driver. The sheriff says preliminary information shows once the deputy stopped the tractor, the driver confronted the deputy with a crossbow. After a fight, the deputy shot the man with his sidearm.

The suspect died. The deputy sustained a minor injury.

The Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division was called to the scene to take the lead in the investigation.

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