HOXIE, AR (KAIT) - UPDATE Nov. 23: Hoxie Police Chief Glen Smith released more details on the chase with Andrew Tate Tuesday afternoon.
Smith said everything started around 11 a.m. when Tate was spotted inside Hoxie Mayor Lanny Tinker's home.
He said he searched for Tate and found him after he ran into another vehicle.
Smith and Tate got into a small chase that ended at Pine and Pecan Streets.
Smith said that is when Tate pulled out the stolen .357.
"Where the chase ended, that was the Pine Street Apartments," Smith said. "That's where a lot of elderly people live and they were out in their yard. If anybody started shooting, you know how the gun lead flies, you know how people get hurt. That was going through my mind, my family, everything was going through my mind at that time you know."
Smith explained that Tate then put the gun back into the vehicle and ran.
He chased Tate. When he caught up with him, they got into a scuffle. Smith said at some point, he broke his hand.
Smith said Tate wasn't just suspected of breaking into Mayor Tinker's home. The Hoxie Police Department worked about 7 to 8 break-ins within 24 hours that they believe Tate was responsible for as well.
They received a search warrant for Tate's apartment and found multiple stolen items including a stolen rifle.
Smith said Tate faces multiple charges including aggravated assault on a police officer and felony fleeing.
He said he is doing fine and is happy that no one else was seriously injured.
A local police chief is recovering from a broken hand after chasing a suspect Tuesday morning.
Hoxie Mayor Lanny Tinker told Region 8 News that his wife was working outside Tuesday morning when she saw a man, later identified as Andrew Tate, inside a glassed-in porch area of their home. When she asked what he was doing, he allegedly told her he was trying to get to the Dollar General.
Police Chief Glen Smith told Region 8 News Tate was also a suspect in a number of other recent home break-ins in the Hoxie area.
When Mayor Tinker called Chief Smith, Chief Smith went to the Dollar General in search of Tate. When he came into contact with Tate, he took off.
Chief Smith said during the chase, Tate pulled a gun on him.
Hoxie police were able to recover the gun. They said the loaded .357 was stolen.
Chief Smith was able to take Tate into custody but at some point during the chase, he broke his hand.
Chief Smith went to the doctor to get checked out.
Region 8 News will have more details as they become available.
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