Brandon Turner. (Photo: Hot Springs Police Dept.)
According to police, authorities are investigating an officer-involved shooting in Malvern. (Photo: Dustin Wilson, THV 11)
MALVERN, Ark. (KTHV) - A man wanted by Hot Springs police for multiple criminal acts may have killed himself during an incident with police Wednesday morning.
According to a release from the Arkansas State Police, Hot Spring County authorities responded to a robbery at the Wishbone Store along Highway 84 near Bismarck about 7:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Shortly later, a Rockport police officer spotted a vehicle matching the description of a vehicle believed to have been driven by the robbery suspect.
"We responded to assist and assisted with the investigation up until State Police arrived. When we were in route, they advised that shots were fired. When our officers got here, we secured the vehicle and secured the crime scene for state police," said Malvern Detective, Randy Neal.
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Police stopped the pickup truck at a Walmart parking lot between Malvern and Rockport. The driver was ordered to exit the vehicle, according to police. The officer reported hearing a gun shot from inside the truck and returned gunfire toward the driver.
Brandon Rennie Turner, 34, of Donaldson was pronounced dead at the scene. Hot Springs police had issued a "wanted" release for Turner on Tuesday as he was wanted in connection with an attempted capital murder and aggravated robbery. He was also a high-risk sex offender, according to Hot Springs police.
Turner's body has been transported to the State Crime Laboratory for a determination and cause of death.
Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division are investigating the incident from Wednesday morning, and an investigative file will be submitted to the prosecuting attorney for review.