Lawrence County Sheriffâ€™s Office Respond To A Call Of An Armed Subject At The Same Area That The Hoxie Fire Department Responds To A House Fire At The Same Address
Details are still coming in from Monday nights events, Lawrence County Sheriffâ€™s Office CID is still investigating several incidents that are believed to be connected.
What we know at this time is, Lawrence County Deputies responded to a call of an armed subject in the area of Lawrence 517 around 8:20pm Monday evening. At the same time, the Hoxie Fire Department was paged to a fully engulfed house fire at 322 Lawrence 517. As Hoxie Fire units rushed to the scene, Lawrence County Deputies informed them that is was not safe to approach the area. Hoxie Fire Chief Mark VanBrook had the Hoxie units to stage at 511 and 514 until the scene could be deemed safe.
At almost the the same time, Lawrence County Deputies observed a vehicle leaving the area at a high rate of speed. Deputies did a quick search of the area before allowing the Hoxie Fire Department to enter the scene at 8:30pm, Hoxie was on scene at 8:31pm. Once on scene Hoxie was facing a structure fire as well as several vehicles on fire.
Lawrence County Sheriffâ€™s Deputies developed a suspect in the case of the armed subject and believe that same suspect had an earlier altercation with the victim of the house fire, further more investigators found what is believed to be a horse killed by gun shot at the scene of the fire and several bullet holes in the vehicles.
The suspect was thought to be heading to a residence in Jackson County, officers from that county were attempting to locate throughout the night. Lawrence County Sheriffâ€™s CID has not released any names in this ongoing investigation. The victim was taken by private vehicle to Lawrence Memorial Hospital at 9:54pm to be checked out for injuries sustained in the earlier altercation.
Medical units from AET of Walnut Ridge and Medic One were both on scene, Hoxie extinguished the fire and was back in service. Lawrence County Investigators were on scene until late in the night.
For more information on the Lawrence County Sheriffâ€™s Office, visit their site at www.lawrencecountysheriffsoffice.com .