Sharp County crews continue to search for dangerous shooting suspect

Sharp County Search
Brandon Southerly (Source: Sharp Co. Sheriff's Department)
Brandon Southerly (Source: Sharp Co. Sheriff's Department)

SHARP COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - Sharp County deputies are still searching for a shooting suspect.

According to Sharp County Sheriff Mark Counts, 22-year-old Brandon Southerly of Poplar Bluff should be considered armed and dangerous.

Sheriff Counts said the case started around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday after a woman called 911 saying her husband had been shot.

According to Counts, she told responding deputies a man driving a white Chevy pick-up truck shot her husband.

The unnamed victim was in surgery Wednesday morning at a Batesville hospital for non-life threatening injuries, Counts told Region 8 News.

Shortly after the shooting, deputies received a domestic disturbance call from the Dollar General on U.S. 63 in Imboden.

A woman there said the man, later identified as Southerly, dropped her off following an argument.

A manager of the Dollar General told Region 8 News Southerly also came into the store armed with a gun.

Numerous agencies responded and began searching for the truck.

Sheriff Counts said officers with the Ravenden Police Department found the truck at Cookies Gas Station on U.S. 62.

Several officers surrounded the vehicle before Southerly took off, driving toward Hardy.

Police chased him down U.S. 63 until he drove into a wooded area to avoid spike strips just outside Downtown Hardy.

Sheriff Counts said Southerly crashed into a tree, jumped out of his truck and started running toward the river.

K9 units, boats, and a helicopter were called in to help in the search.

The K9 officers lost Southerly's trail at the edge of the river. The helicopter assisting in the search couldn't get a thermal image either of him either.

Crews called off the search around 4:30 a.m. Wednesday.

They started searching again later Wednesday morning.

Sheriff Counts said deputies focused on the area near the Spring River Wednesday.

They searched with sonar until about 5:30 p.m. but there was no sign of Southerly.

Sheriff Counts said they are still looking for other leads also. They will be back out to search again Thursday.

Southerly is also wanted out of Missouri on a parole violation.

Sheriff Counts urges anyone with information on Southerly's whereabouts to contact their local law enforcement agency.

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