Booneville Police Chief Al Brown is now at home recovering from a gun shot wound in his leg suffered in the early morning hours of Wednesday, April 26.
Brown was released from Mercy Hospital in Fort Smith Thursday night, April 27 and made a surprise visit to his son’s spring band concert the same night.
Brown was shot in the leg while responding to a call at a Booneville apartment complex, according to Logan County Sheriff Boyd Hicks.
Brown and another police officer were dispatched to the apartment complex around 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 26 after a man, later identified as Gregory Rongey, 49, of Booneville, called the Booneville Police Department saying, “He wanted to die and wanted someone to help him,” Hicks said.
Boooneville 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 him after getting shot.”
Officers did not return fire and took Rongey into custody. Rongey was taken to the Booneville Police Department on Wednesday morning before being transported to the Yell County Detention Center, Lewis said.
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. Brown, who also suffered an injury to his shoulder, is expected to make a full recovery, according to the Arkansas State Police and Logan County Sheriff’s Office.
“There were no bones hit, and it’s a soft-tissue injury,” Hicks said.
Hicks said Arkansas State Police are assisting in the investigation. According to state police, Rongey has been booked on suspicion of first-degree battery.
(Times Record reporter Larry Williams II contributed to this report.)