Fugitive Shot in Sharp County after Struggle with Police

FEBRUARY 9, 2007 - Posted at 4:07 p.m. CST

BATESVILLE, AR - A fugitive from Illinois is recovering in a Batesville hospital today after being wounded following an altercation with an Arkansas State Police officer.

James Arnold, 38, is being treated for a gunshot wound at the White River Medical Center.  Arnold is wanted by Iroquois County (IL) law enforcement authorities on drug-related charges.  Illinois authorities had warned Arkansas officers that Arnold should be considered armed and dangerous.

At approximately 9 a.m. this morning, an officer identified as "Special Agent Jines" approached a rural Sharp County residence and identified himself at the door as an agent of the Arkansas State Police.  While speaking with an occupant of the home, Jines heard a truck engine start in the rear of the residence and moved in that direction where he a truck being driven toward him by Arnold.  Jines again identified himself and ordered Arnold to stop, but Arnold continued to drive toward the officer, who then fired his service revolver attempting to stop the truck, according to authorities.

Arnold continued to flee the residence in the truck with Jines in pursuit.  The short chase moved to McCormick Road where Arnold lost control of the truck and Jines moved his car into position to block Arnold's escape.  Arnold kicked out a window and crawled from the truck.  Jines attempted to arrest the suspect, who resisted and began to struggle in an attempt to get away.  During the struggle, officer Jines' pistol unintentionally discharged, wounding Arnold, who continued to resist arrest until Sharp County Sheriff's deputies arrived at the scene.

Special Agent Jines has been temporarily placed on administrative leave pending the results of a routine investigation of the incident.