Man shoots Fayetteville police vehicle with crossbow

Northwest Arkansas News

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (KNWA/KFTA) — Fayetteville Police caught a man outside the police station after he shot a police cruiser with a crossbow. 

According to Sgt. Tony Murphy with the Fayetteville Police Department, around 1 p.m. at 100 W Rock St just south of the Fayetteville Square, a man arrived outside and shot the vehicle. 

The single arrow went into the rear of the vehicle. No officers were hurt.

The man was taken into custody, according to Sgt. Murphy. His name has not been released at this time.

That crossbow shooting has Fayetteville Police Chief Mike Reynolds concerned for his officer’s safety.

A new headquarters being built in Fayetteville to address concerns like this.

“It certainly will shake you when you don’t have a facility that’s secure,” Reynolds said.

Wade Abernathy is the Director of Bond Construction Projects for the City of Fayetteville. He said the new 80,000 square foot headquarters is 25% complete so far.

“The safety concerns was one of the key design components of this facility,” he said.

He said at the new location, the staff parking and the staff entry will both be behind the security fence. This is to prevent more incidents like the cross bow shooting and the shooting of Officer Stephen Carr. He was killed two years ago while sitting in his police car right outside the station.

It is expected to be finished in fall of 2022.

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