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Attempted murder charges filed

Thursday, March 1, 2007

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JAMES ARNOLD
Charges have been filed against a man who investigators say was accidentally shot by an Arkansas State Police Special Agent trying to capture him Feb. 9.

James Naldo Arnold, 38, of rural Hardy is charged with attempted capital murder, a class A felony; and fleeing, a class D felony. He is classified as a habitual offender. As such, the penalties for each charge will be enhanced if he is convicted.

Special Agent Wendall Jines went to a home on Game Reserve Road the morning of Feb. 9 to arrest Arnold on an Iroquois County, Illinois warrant for failure to appear on felony drug charges, said Special Agent John Carter with the Arkansas State Police.

Jines went to the door and told the two adult females who answered the door that Arnold needed to surrender, Carter said. Soon after, Jines heard a vehicle start behind the house where Arnold's truck was parked, he said.

"Special Agent Jines exited the residence and went to the driveway leading to Arnold's vehicle," Carter wrote in the affidavit. "Arnold's vehicle started towards Special Agent Jines, and he (Arnold) was ordered to stop. The vehicle continued towards Special Agent Jines and Special Agent Jines jumped out of the way and fired his weapon three times deflating the left tires on Arnold's vehicle."

Arnold continued to drive away from Jines, Carter said. Jines then got into his police car and pursued Arnold down Game Reserve Road. The two then turned right on Liberty Hill and traveled at speeds in excess of 90 mph, he said.

As the tires deflated, Arnold's speed decreased, Carter said. Arnold attempted to turn on McCormick Road near Highland city limits but lost control of the truck which came to rest in a ditch, he said.

"Special Agent Jines drove his unit into the driver's door of Arnold's vehicle to prevent Arnold from escaping through the door," Carter said.

Arnold instead kicked out the passenger side window of the vehicle and began running down a fence line, he said.

Jines followed on foot and grabbed Arnold by the collar of his shirt, Carter said.

"Special Agent Jines and Arnold ran together causing an accidental discharge of Special Agent Jines's weapon injuring Arnold," Carter said. "Special Agent Jines and Arnold both fell to the ground where Arnold continued to resist arrest."

Tim McComas arrived on scene and assisted Jines in arresting Arnold, Carter said. The affidavit does not say where Arnold was struck.

Spring River Paramedic Ambulance Service arrived on scene and treated Arnold for his injury and transported him to White River Medical Center in Batesville.

After his release from the hospital, Arnold was booked into the Sharp County Jail.

After the incident, Jines, an 11-year veteran of the Arkansas State Police, was placed on temporary leave while the investigation was conducted. He returned to work Feb. 17.



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