CABOT, Ark. (AP) — A handcuffed parolee who had been frisked opened fire on law enforcement officers from the back of a patrol car, according to an Arkansas Corrections official, provoking a return of gunfire that left the man dead.
It was not clear if he was carrying a gun when he was cuffed, and the corrections official said officers had not found a gun on him. The Arkansas State Police is investigating the shooting.
Corrections and Lonoke County sheriff's officers had been looking for an unrelated suspect Tuesday night in Cabot, which is about 25 miles northeast of Little Rock, when they searched Jonathan McIntosh at a home and discovered he was in possession of a white powder, said Dina Tyler, deputy director of the Arkansas Department of Community Correction. ADCC officers were assisting because the original suspect had outstanding warrants.
Authorities didn't find a gun on McIntosh, who was on parole for a firearm possession conviction, Tyler said.
The officers cuffed the 35-year-old man's hands behind him and put him in the back of the sheriff's department patrol car, she said. McIntosh somehow got his cuffed hands in front of him and when two ADCC officers returned to the vehicle for follow-up questions, he started shooting at them with a subcompact pistol, Tyler said.