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Police search for suspect after he leaves hospital

Brandon Johnson (Source: Craighead County Sheriff's Office) Brandon Johnson (Source: Craighead County Sheriff's Office)
JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Police are searching for Brandon Johnson, who left the St. Bernards Medical Center around 7 a.m. Monday, after he was treated for a gunshot wound.

Johnson is a suspect in an officer-involved shooting Friday. City and state warrants have been issued for Johnson's arrest.

Paul Holmes with the Jonesboro Police Department says at the time Johnson left, he had not been charged. He is a parole absconder police stated.

“We did not have him formally charged at the time, so therefore he was not in our custody,” Holmes said.

According to a Jonesboro police news release, agents with the Second Judicial District Drug Task Force were executing a search warrant in the 400-block of East Johnson Friday when the suspect pulled into the driveway.

When officers attempted to arrest Johnson, he reportedly “accelerated up the driveway in an apparent attempt to run over the officers, who fired upon the vehicle in defense of themselves.”

Johnson was shot by officers and received a non-life threatening injury. He was then taken to the hospital to be treated for his wounds.

Arkansas State Police are investigating the shooting, at the request of Police Chief Rick Elliott and Craighead County Sheriff Marty Boyd.

Since he was not in police custody when he left, they do not see Johnson's decision to leave as a criminal offense.“We would not consider that an escape in a legal sense, since he was not in our custody at the time,” Holmes said.

The charges filed against Johnson include aggravated assault and various drug charges.

“We are actively looking for him and would like to get him into custody on those charges of aggravated assault and felony fleeing,” Holmes said. “We are likely also to pursue drug charges in connection with the case.”

“If anyone has information as to the whereabouts of Mr. Johnson they should call the Jonesboro Police Department at 935-5553 or call Jonesboro Crimestoppers at 935-STOP,” Holmes said. “We would certainly appreciate any tips or information that people have in this case.”

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