Routine Police Stop Results in Shooting

January 30, 2003
Posted at: 12:00 p.m. CDT
Updated at: 3:37 p.m. CDT

MARION, Ark. -- One man was killed and a Marion police officer was shot during an exchange of gunfire in a police chase Thursday.

Officials say a third person, who was in the back seat of the officer's patrol car during the chase, was taken into custody.

The officer was identified as Freddy Williams. City spokeswoman Kay Brockwell says Williams is in stable condition this afternoon at Regional Medical Center in Memphis, Tennessee. The names of the two suspects were not released.

Brockwell said the officer stopped an older model car on the Interstate 55 service road inside Marion about 11:15 a.m.

He put the driver in the back seat of the police car, she said, and some time later, the passenger in the car Williams stopped slid into the driver's seat and drove off.

The suspect stopped after about a mile and, officials say, started firing at Williams. The officer returned fire, and the driver was killed.

Investigator Gerald Martin says Williams appeared to have been hit in the face, but officials said he was alert and talking before being flown to the hospital.

The body of the man who drove away from the officer was found in the car. His traveling companion was taken to the Crittenden County Jail.

Officials did not know the reason for the traffic stop.

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