January 31, 2003
Posted at: 4:40 p.m. CDT
MARION, Ark. -- A Marion police officer remains in serious condition after he was shot during a gunfire exchange in a police chase Wednesday that left one man dead.
Officer Freddy Williams is hospitalized at the Regional Medical Center in Memphis, Tennessee.
Twenty-two-year-old John Earl Walker is held in the Crittenden County Jail on a $1 million bond in connection to the incident.
Prosecutor Fred Thorne said Thursday he expected to formally charge Walker next week with manslaughter, theft of property, possession of a firearm, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, and attempted capital murder.
Authorities say the officer stopped a stolen car driven by Walker. The vehicle had been car-jacked in Memphis last week. As the officer put Walker in the back of his patrol car, a passenger in the stolen vehicle slid into the driver's seat and drove off.
A shootout ensued and the driver was killed. Authorities are not releasing the man's name pending notification of his family. Police say Williams was shot in the face.