Two injured followed by a police shootout in West Memphis

Alex Scott Roberts (Source: West Memphis Police Department)
Alex Scott Roberts (Source: West Memphis Police Department)

WEST MEMPHIS, AR (KAIT) - Alex Scott Roberts fired a revolver at police when they responded to a call in reference to one woman having been shot and another woman battered.

According to Capt. K. Mitchell, Commander of the Criminal Investigations Division, on Saturday, July 14th, around 11 p.m., the West Memphis Police Department responded to Arrington Estates on Rainer Road. Officers were met by Roberts who then fired the revolver at the officers' patrol unit and started to flee the area in the vehicle.

Officers then began a felony vehicle pursuit with Roberts which ended on West Danner. During the pursuit, Roberts fired shots at a second officer on South Avalon. The pursuit ended when Roberts turned his vehicle towards pursuing officers and rammed two WMPD Patrol Units nearly striking one officer positioned outside his car. While trying to stop Roberts from striking them, officers did fire multiple rounds into his vehicle.

Roberts was then taken into custody without any major injuries to any party involved. Roberts and one WMPD Officer were taken to Crittenden Regional Hospital for treatment of minor injuries and later released.

The WMPD learned through investigation and statements that Roberts took the vehicle he was driving at gunpoint from a man in the Arrington Estates area after Roberts had just shot one female and battered her sister. Her sister was Roberts' ex-girlfriend.

Roberts approached the two female victims as they were standing outside of a residence in Arrington Estates. Roberts was wearing dark clothes, a ski mask and was armed with a gun. The gunshot victim was transported to The Med by ambulance where she was treated for injury and later released.

Alex Scott Roberts is a convicted felon with the State of Arkansas. At the time of his arrest on Saturday, he was wanted by the West Memphis Police Department on multiple felony warrants. Roberts is being held on 16 felony charges and has a bond of $2,000,000. The charges include criminal attempt of capital murder, robbery and burglary charges, possession of a firearm, and fleeing from police.

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