A Chicot County deputy and a Dermott Police officer fired at the driver of a stolen Lake Village Police Department SUV Friday afternoon, injuring the driver, according to State Police.
Chicot County authorities requested a State Police investigation into the use of deadly force by the two officers.
The incident occurred in Dermott around 3:30 p.m. as the driver, a suspect in a string of auto thefts across Chicot County, attempted to escape police and deputies who had converged on 501 West Daniels where the suspect had been seen moments earlier, according to a State Police news release.
Travis Haynes, 33, of Eudora, was arrested about 3:45 p.m. after fleeing in the stolen police sport utility vehicle. As deputies and officers took Haynes into custody, they determined Haynes had sustained what appeared to be gunshot wounds to his leg, according to State Police.
Hayes was transported to a Chicot County hospital, but later moved to a Little Rock hospital. The wounds were not initially determined to life threatening.
Upon receipt and review of a State Police investigative file, the 10th Judicial District Prosecutor will determine whether the use deadly force by law enforcement officers was consistent with state laws.