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January 20, 2018

A Benton County man was wounded this afternoon (Saturday, January 20, 2018) after he reportedly pointed a gun at local law enforcement officers who had responded to a disturbance call in Gravette at 407 2nd Avenue, Southeast.

Benton County Sheriff’s Deputies, Gravette Police Officers, and Sulphur Springs Police Officers responded to the disturbance call.  The initial call to Benton County authorities was received at 3:41 PM.

As officers arrived, they encountered Eulas Linwood Hughes, III, age 40, outside the residence.  Officers and deputies reported that Hughes was armed with a handgun and long-gun.  As negotiations between law enforcement personnel and Hughes occurred in an attempt to have him drop the guns, Hughes began to attempt entry into the home.  At that time he is said to have pointed one of the guns at officers who then fired wounding Hughes.

Hughes was transported to an area hospital where he is reported to be in stable condition.

The Benton County Sheriff’s Department and local authorities requested the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division to conduct an investigation into the use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer.

Upon completion of the investigation, a case file will be submitted to the Benton County prosecuting attorney for review.

Any questions relating to the identity of the deputies and police officers, as well as their administrative status, should be directed to the local law enforcement jurisdictions.