Ricky Steward Surrenders to Jackson Co. Sheriff

Ricky Glenn Steward
Ricky Glenn Steward

June 3, 2003
Posted at: 7:43 p.m. CDT

NEWPORT, Ark. -- The man wanted for shooting at four Jackson County Sheriff Deputies, and wounding one, has surrendered himself to authorities.

Thirty-two-year-old Ricky Glenn Steward, a former Marine, was wanted for allegedly opening fire on four deputies with a .22-caliber rifle early Sunday morning as they were responding to a second 911 emergency call in a five-minute period.

Deputy Toni Moss was hit in her leg by a bullet. She was taken to an area hospital where she was treated and released. Moss is now back on duty.

According to Jackson County Chief Deputy David Lucas, Steward was taken into custody shortly before 7 p.m. Tuesday as a result of a negotiated surrender with Steward's attorney. The details of that negotiation were not available.

Steward's surrender brings to end a manhunt three-day manhunt that encompassed much of Northeast Arkansas, and included the use of a helicopter from the Arkansas Army National Guard.

Early June 1, 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. Sheriff officials say Steward placed the first 911 call himself.

Steward is scheduled to be arraigned in a Newport court Friday afternoon. An official statement on the Steward surrender is expected to come from the Sheriff's Department Wednesday morning.