January 7, 2005--Posted at 11:00 p.m. CST
MALVERN--The Arkansas State Police are saying today that a trooper who has been on the job just seven months was shot in his right jaw during an Interstate 30 traffic stop this afternoon.
Officials said 24-year-old trooper Zach Owens of Malvern pulled over a sedan that he felt was speeding as it exited U-S Highway 270 and traveled onto the interstate.
Owens was walking to the car to get the driver's insurance papers and registration when officials said the driver leaned from the window and fired at least one, possibly two, gunshots.
One shot hit Owens under his right jaw and the trooper was in stable condition tonight at a Malvern hospital. The injury did not appear to be life threatening.
After the shooting, the driver drove about 500 yards onto the interstate before abandoning his car and fleeing into the Ouachita River bottoms.
State Police are looking to question 23-year-old Damon Matthew Scott of Hot Springs in the shooting.