Deputies deploy 'less lethal' rounds, stop "suicide by cop" attempt

Brookland Man Attempts Suicide by Cop
(Source: KAIT)
(Source: KAIT)

BROOKLAND, AR (KAIT) - The Brookland Police Department is investigating a case that ended Friday afternoon with a sheriff's deputy firing two "less lethal" rounds at the suspect.

After being taken to the hospital, the suspect, identified by police as 24-year-old Kyle Jones of Brookland, was charged in an incident that happened earlier in the day.

According to Detective Justin Rolland with the Craighead County Sheriff's Department, police received a call Friday afternoon about a man who threatened to commit suicide.

"He had made the statement that he was going to make an officer kill him," Rolland said.

Brookland police and Craighead County sheriff's deputies arrived at the home on County Road 905, more commonly known as Roger's Chapel Road, around 2:15 p.m. Friday.

When officers arrived on scene, they were initially told by a family member that the situation had been diffused.

However, Rolland said shortly after that, Jones opened the front door covered in blood.

"At some point, it escalated to where he tried to take his own life," Rolland said. "When the officer attempted to negotiate with him into coming out and surrendering, he slammed the door."

Rolland said due to the extent of his injuries, officers entered the home. That's where they learned he was serious about his previous threats.

"He was standing in between the living room and kitchen area of this house and had a knife to his throat," Rolland said. "He was telling officers to kill him."

Rolland said officers were able to deploy "less lethal" distraction rounds to get Jones to surrender.

"A lot of times it's officer discretion and supervisor discretion out in the field whether that less lethal option is appropriate for the situation. Honestly, it can change from a less lethal option to a deadly force option within the matter of a half of a second," Rolland said.

The suspect was then taken to the hospital for injuries from the distraction rounds and the self-inflicted cuts.

Brookland Police Chief Mark Rusher told Region 8 News that when Jones was at the hospital, they charged him with disorderly conduct and domestic battery in the third degree for an incident that occurred earlier in the day.

Due to the ongoing nature of the investigation, Chief Rusher could not release any additional details about Jones' arrest.

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