Dashcam Captures Intense Police Shootout in Tontitown, Arkansas-
The Washington County sheriff's office has released dash-cam video that show a shootout with a gunman Sunday. The agency said on Facebook that Sheriff Tim Helder chose to release the footage because bystander video has already been posted online and "because of the great public interest it has generated." The video, viewable above, also includes 911 audio and shots of the bullet holes in Washington County Cpl. Brett Thompson's vehicle. "We are so thankful Corporal Thompson, all other officers who were involved, as well as citizens who were in the areas of the incident, were unharmed," the statement on Facebook noted. Police identified the gunman as Luis Cobos-Cenobio, 29. He faces four charges of attempted capital murder and one charge each of fleeing, terroristic act, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement placed a hold on Cobos-Cenobio. Calls to the immigration office in Fort Smith were not answered Monday. He shot at law enforcement officers during a car chase that started in Tontitown and ended in Springdale, according to a news release from the Police Department. No officers were injured, but they did return fire. Cobos-Cenobio had an injury to his shoulder when he was arrested at the intersection of South Thompson Street and Don Tyson Parkway, according to the news release.
The incident started at 12:43 p.m. after Thompson attempted to pull over a green Saturn driving north on South Barrington Road near Steele Road in Tontitown for a traffic violation, according to a Washington County sheriff's office news release. The area is south of U.S. 412 and west of Interstate 49. Cobos-Cenobio eventually stopped the car on Steele Road. When Thompson got out of his patrol vehicle, Cobos-Cenobio opened his car door and began shooting, at which point Thompson returned fire, according to a news release from the sheriff's office. Cobos-Cenobio fled, then stopped a short distance later and let a female passenger out of the car before taking off again. A Springdale police officer spotted the car at 1:11 p.m. north of Lake Fayetteville. Cobos-Cenobio again shot at officers, according to the Springdale release. The Fayetteville Police Department and Arkansas State Police joined the chase that went into Fayetteville and back to Springdale. Cobos-Cenobio stopped the car and surrendered to police. He was treated at Northwest Medical Center and taken to the Washington County jail.
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