Arkansas fugitive killed in shootout
CANTON — An Arkansas man suspected of shooting an ex-girlfriend died in a shootout with police at an interstate motel here on Saturday.
Madison County Sheriff’s Office Spokesman Heath Hall said the fugitive, later identified as Quentin Bogard, was killed after a three-hour standoff with law enforcement. Bogard was on the run for a shooting he is believed to have committed in Jonesboro, Arkansas, Hall said.
Lt. Kenny Oldham with the Jonesboro Police Department confirmed the victim Bogard was wanted in connection with the shooting of a woman that occurred at approximately 9:49 p.m. on July 16 in the 1800 block of Highland Drive in Jonesboro.
Initial reports stated the woman had succumbed to her injuries but Oldham said the woman had been airlifted to a Memphis hospital where she was treated and released. Early reports also indicated the woman was the mother of Bogard’s children, but Oldham said he did not know if the two had any children together but confirmed they had had a previous relationship.
Hall said the Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is investigating the officer-involved shooting of Bogard.
MBI spokesman Capt. Johnny Poulos said the MBI is conducting the investigation and that no other information is available.
Hall said law enforcement responded to a call at the Relax Inn, 123 Sidney Runnels Dr., near the Pizza Hut off west Peace Street at approximately 2 p.m. Saturday, July 17.
He said the man had barricaded himself in a room and that law enforcement officers tried to talk the man down to no avail and had to enter the room. When law enforcement entered the room, the man was fatally shot. Hall said no other injuries have been reported.
Hall said he could not confirm if a sheriff’s deputy shot the man. He said the Canton police and other agencies were on the scene as well.
“It was a heinous act of violence that happened in (Jonesboro, Arkansas),” Hall said. “The Sheriff’s Office did our job to protect the people of Madison County. We also did our job in trying to talk the man down though he would not give in.”