Boooneville Police Chief Al Brown was shot in the leg early Wednesday while responding to a call at a Booneville apartment complex, according to Logan County Sheriff Boyd Hicks.
“There were no bones hit and it’s a soft-tissue injury,” Hick said.
Brown and another police officer were dispatched to the apartment complex around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday after a man, later identified as Gregory Rongey, 47, of Booneville, called 911 saying, “he wanted to die and wanted someone to help him,” Hicks said.
Booneville Police Lt. Rusty Lewis said the 911 call was made around 12:30 a.m. Wednesday.
“The man told them that if police officers showed up, it wasn’t going to go well,” Lewis said. “Officers on duty called Chief Brown at home and he decided to come out and help.”
“Al and another officer were approaching the man’s door when he came around the corner with a long gun and a pistol in his hands,” Hicks said. “Al had no other choice but to tackle him. The man fired the pistol and hit Al in the leg. Al actually tackled him and handcuffed after getting shot.”
Officers did not return fire.
Rongey was taken to the Booneville Police Department before being transported to the Yell County Detention Center, Lewis said. Hicks said the Arkansas State Police are assisting in the investigation.
Hicks said Brown was first taken to Mercy Hospital in Booneville in a police car and later transported to Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith by ambulance. He is listed in stable condition.
“Barring any complications, he could be released tonight,” Hicks said.