Alleged Shooter Still at Large

Ricky Glenn Steward
Ricky Glenn Steward

June 1, 2003
Posted at: 4:30 p.m. CDT
Updated at: 9:45 p.m. CDT

NEWPORT, Ark. -- The Jackson County Sheriff's Department is on the lookout for a man believed to have shot a female deputy responding to an emergency call.

Thirty-two-year-old Ricky Glenn Steward is wanted for the shooting. He is wanted on charges of attempted capital murder of four Jackson County deputies.

Early Sunday morning, four deputies responded to two 911 calls at 227 Jackson County Road 256 beginning at 12:25 am. On the second visit to the residence, Steward allegedly opened fire on officers using a .22-caliber Magnum rifle.

"I take it real personal when someone in my county gets shot," Sheriff Jim Bishop said. "But, I take it extremely personal when on of my officers gets hit. We will shut this down one way or another."

Deputies say Steward placed the first 911 call himself. After deputies left the scene of the initial call, they returned to the house. Then, they say, Steward came out shooting.

"He's fired on local law enforcement," Chief Deputy David Lucas said. "He's injured one of our deputies, and that tells me he's not afraid to hurt someone."

Steward is an former member of the Marine Corps and he is considered to be armed and very dangerous. Deputies suspect that Steward is hiding out locally. Sunday morning's search lasted for nearly eight hours.

"We secured that entire area (around the house)," Lucas said. "Then we brought in a helicopter from the National Guard (to help)."

Steward is described as a black male, 6'2", and weighing 220 pounds. He has brown eyes, black hair, and a scar on his left forearm.

Deputy Sheriff Toni Moss was shot in her left thigh and two patrol cars were hit. Moss was treated and released and is expected to return to duty soon. When deputies finally entered the home, they say the suspect took off on foot.

"We will find him. It's just a matter of time," Lucas said.

Those with information on the whereabouts of Steward should contact the Jackson County Sheriff's Department at: 870-523-5842.