UPDATE: Washington County Sheriff’s Office reports I-49, around mile marker 55, is safe for travel. One suspect is in custody regarding the bank robbery that happened in Alma Wednesday morning, May 29.
The man, believed to be a Springdale resident, was wounded in an exchange of gunfire with Arkansas State Police (ASP) during a chase and standoff on the north side of Interstate 49 following the bank robbery.
The suspect, who is yet to be identified, had surgery and is reported to be in stable condition, according to ASP.
A state trooper saw a car on I-49 that matched the description of one involved in an Alma bank robbery earlier in the morning.
The driver of the car, later confirmed to be the robbery suspect, refused to stop for the trooper and left the scene. A chase ensued and ASP states the suspect began shooting at them, and gunfire was returned by ASP.
At mile marker 56, the car veered off the road and the suspect took off into a wooded area and continued firing at law enforcement, according to ASP. The suspect was eventually captured and taken to an area hospital.
No law enforcement officers were injured. The two state troopers who exchanged fire with the suspect are on administrative leave while a review is underway.
UPDATE: A standoff between the suspected bank robber and police is underway, according to Alma police.
Interstate 49 is closed in both directions at exit 53.
Washington County Sheriff’s Office advises the public to avoid exit 55.
The Alma Arvest Bank was robbed Wednesday morning, May 29, according to authorities, and shots have been fired, according to Alma police.
The bank is located at 408 US-64.
State police, county and city law enforcement are in pursuit of a silver Nissan Sentra, being driven by a Hispanic man.
The shots were fired in the West Fork area, according to the authorities.
BLOCKED: Interstate 49 approaching exit 53.