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Arkansas Murder Suspect Exchanges Gunfire With Police During Pursuit, Arrested!

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A suspect accused of murder in 2020 exchanged gunfire with police during a car pursuit on Sunday.

KARK said Marlo Akins, who is wanted for a murder in Little Rock, has eluded an Arkansas State Trooper early Sunday.

 

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When Akins refused to stop and allegedly pushed a female passenger out of the car he was driving, the trooper’s attempted traffic stop turned into a vehicle chase.

Akins is said to have fired a pistol at the following trooper afterwards.

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ArkLaTex said the chase started between I-30 and Geyer Springs Road at 12:23 a.m. After exchanging shots with the following trooper, Akins allegedly abandoned the vehicle near 35 Eaton Street in southwest Little Rock and escaped on foot.

State police swarmed on the scene, and Akins was apprehended four hours later.

A 9mm pistol was discovered, along with a 50-round ammo drum.

Jerika Presley, 31, told state police Criminal Investigation Division Special Agents she was pushed out of Akins’ vehicle but was not severely hurt.

Gunfire did not harm Akins or the trooper who was engaged in the chase.

Akins, 33, of Little Rock, is likely to be charged with aggravated assault, escaping, weapons possession by specified people, and committing a terroristic act, all of which are crimes.

THV11 said Akins was out on bail at the shooting after being accused last year of first-degree murder in connection with a shooting at a southwest Little Rock nightclub in June 2020.

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