June 2, 2003
Posted at: 6:00 p.m. CDT
NEWPORT, Ark. -- The Jackson County Sheriff is asking a man still at large, who is wanted on four counts of attempted capital murder, to turn himself in.
Thirty-two-year-old Ricky Glenn Steward is still being searched for, a day after allegedly opening fire on four Jackson County Sheriff's Deputies, and wounding one.
The incident occurred early Sunday morning while the four deputies were responding to a domestic disturbance call at his trailer home east of Newport.
Outside Steward's home on Monday, there is not a trace of police presence, even though he is still on the run, possibly armed with a .22-caliber rifle.
Steward is considered armed and dangerous.
"We did patrol the area heavy on Sunday looking for him," Jackson County Sheriff Jim Bishop said. "Although we have pulled off (the search) at this time, we are hoping that this will come out in a win-win situation."
According to Bishop, Steward has had several run-ins with the law in the past. However, Steward has never fled and always turned himself in previously.
"I don't know (where Steward is)," Bishop said. "I wish I knew."
Larry Dodson, a friend of Steward for eight years, says that Steward's recent action is a sign that he need help.
"He's a very nice guy," Dodson said of his friend Steward. "He don't need nobody (sic) to kill him, or nothing.
"He needs help. He needs to go to the hospital and get him some help," Dodson said.
When asked whether Steward needed mental help, Dodson agreed, saying any behavior is a result of Steward's previous service in the military.
Steward is a former member of the United States Marine Corps.
Dodson believes that Steward was not aiming to hurt anyone Sunday morning.
"If he wanted to shoot a police officer," Dodson said. "He could of killed him, because he's an expert shot. He didn't want to kill nobody."
Meanwhile, Bishop says that his department is hoping to end their encounters with Ricky Steward once and for all.
"Each time we have a problem with Mr. Steward, it's escalating upward," Bishop said. "Now it's got pointing guns involved, and we're going to shut this down."
"I'm asking Ricky Steward to walk into the sheriff's office, and turn himself in, and make it easier on everyone," Bishop said.
On Monday, the Jackson County Prosecuting Attorney contacted Steward's attorney in Little Rock, urging him to tell Steward to turn himself in.