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March 23, 2023


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Arkansas police sergeant shot and killed during foot pursuit – Law Officer

Arkansas police sergeant shot and killed during foot pursuit – Law Officer

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The incident began about 11 p.m. Wednesday with a vehicle pursuit involving a suspect identified as Jacob Cole Barnes, of Mountain View, fleeing from Stuttgart police. The car chase ended south of the city near Rieger Road when the suspect bailed on foot, KATV reported.

Sgt. Donald Scoby, 45, is one of two Stuttgart police officers who went into foot pursuit of the suspect. As police chased Barnes, 31, he reportedly fired at the officers, fatally striking Scoby. The second officer was also struck. Fortunately, the round hit the officer’s soft body armor and the unnamed officer was not otherwise injured, police said, according to KARK.

Barnes subsequently entered a residence at 593 Rieger Road. The home was occupied by a woman who barricaded herself inside the residence.

Undated photo of Jacob Cole Barnes (Stone County Sheriff’s Department)

The Arkansas State Police SWAT team deployed to the location. The unnamed woman was rescued from the home shortly before 7:00 a.m. Thursday following the overnight ordeal.

Moments after the successful rescue, Barnes opened fire and a state police SWAT team member was hit.  Police returned fire and Barnes was killed during the gun battle.

The wounded SWAT team member suffered non-life-threatening injuries and is being treated at a Little Rock hospital, according to KATV.

The deceased sergeant’s body was escorted to the Arkansas State Crime Lab by the Arkansas State Police.

Scoby was the Stuttgart Police Department 2019 Officer of the Year and a four-year veteran of the agency. Madison Lawson organized a GoFundMe account for his widow, Amanda Scoby.

Lawson provided the following tribute to Scoby:

“Donald Mark Scoby, better known as ‘Scooby’ to everyone that knew him, was killed in the line of duty on December 14, 2022.

“Scooby was a patrol sergeant with the Stuttgart Police Department. He was hired with SPD in July 2018. He was respected by his community and served with honor. He is also a U.S. Veteran who served two deployments for his country.

“Scooby by leaves behind his wife Amanda, of 16 years, four children, Rebecca, Sarah, Dylan, Hailey; and one grandson, Brentley.”

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