Deputy, Suspect Hospitalized after Shoot-Out in Lawrence County

March 8, 2007 - Posted at 9:19 p.m. CST, updated at 6:52 a.m. CST on March 9, updated at 11:21 a.m. on March 9

POWHATAN, AR -- For the second time in as many days, there has been an officer-involved shooting in Lawrence County.  Thursday's happened in the small community of Powhatan, in western Lawrence County.

The shooting happened about a mile outside of Powhatan on Highway 25.  It seems to all have started off from a simple traffic stop from one officer, but ended up with gunfire.

What started off as normal day in the small community of Powhatan quickly turned into much more when Lawrence County deputy Virgil Lynch pulled to the side of the road.

"From what I understand, there had been an accident.  Our officer was checking on the subject that had been involved in the accident and from there it must have gone south," said Captain Jody Dotson of the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department.

The Lawrence County Sheriff's Department was about to learn that one of their own had just been shot while working the accident.

"About 4:45 p.m. we got a of our officers called in and said that he had been shot.  When we got there the subject was already in custody and ambulance personal was working with him when we arrived," reported Dotson.

Dotson did confirm that only two people were involved and injured in the shooting:  the officer and the suspect, but would not say that the suspect's injuries were from gunshot wounds.

"Both suspects were transported to the hospital. Our officer was transported to Jonesboro and the suspect is in Memphis," said Dotson.

The Arkansas State Police was called in to assist Lawrence County with this investigation, standard procedure for any officer involved shooting.


K8 News learned this morning that Deputy Lynch is recovering at home today after being treated and released from St. Bernard's Medical Center last night.  Meanwhile, the name of the suspect involved has not yet been released.  The incident is being investigated by the Arkansas State Police.