Name of man shot and killed by deputy released

Name of man shot and killed by deputy released
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BAXTER COUNTY, AR (KAIT) - The Baxter County Sheriffs Office has released the identity of the man killed by a sheriff's deputy.

According to a news release, Deputy Craig Gates responded to the Lone Rock Store at 7755 Push Mountain Road at around 6:10 p.m. Monday to take a theft report.

When the deputy arrived, someone told the deputy the tractor that was reported stolen was just seen passing by the store.

The deputy followed the tractor down Baxter County Road 72.

He then pulled the tractor over, shortly before 6:50 p.m. and just a couple of minutes later, the deputy radioed that shots had been fired and a man was down.

An ambulance arrived shortly after.

The Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division arrived at the scene to investigate.

As of right now, they believe the deputy stopped the tractor.

The man driving the tractor, identified as 50-year-old Michael Lavelle Holliman, reportedly confronted the deputy with a crossbow.

After struggling with the suspect physically, Deputy Gates shot Holliman with his gun.

Holliman died and the deputy was injured.

Deputy Gates is expected to be okay.

According to a news release, a disabled vehicle registered to Holliman was found more than a mile away from the scene on Twin Creek Road. Deputies are working to secure a search warrant to search that vehicle.

Sheriff John Montgomery said officers found a backpack, cache of food, clothes, car keys and other items at a makeshift campsite in a wooded area about a half-mile from where the car was found.

Investigators have confirmed that the tractor Holliman was driving was reported stolen.

Sheriff Montgomery also released Holliman's criminal record.

Montgomery said there was an outstanding felony bench warrant for Holliman's arrest for possession of a firearm by certain persons. Officers arrested Holliman for DWI in January. During that arrest, they found three loaded guns and a disassembled shotgun in the vehicle.

Holliman, according to the news release, has an extensive arrest history in Missouri, California, Iowa, and Texas. His convictions include armed robbery, grand theft, and assault.

Deputy Gates has been with the Baxter County Sheriff's Office since July 2015. He previously worked for another law enforcement agency in Arkansas since 2014 before moving to Baxter County.

Gates will be on administrative leave for a few days.

Arkansas State Police is currently investigating the shooting. Investigators are waiting for autopsy results before releasing any more information.

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