Booneville Police Chief Al Brown was scheduled to be in Camp Robinson Tuesday to be recognized as the Logan County law enforcement officer of the year at the state law enforcement summit at Camp Robinson in North Little Rock.
Brown was nominated by Logan County Judge Ray Gack and was to be recognized along with award recipients of all 75 counties.
The summit is conducted by Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. The annual event is a free training and educational opportunity for Arkansas’s law enforcement community, including officers, prosecutors and criminal justice personnel.
“Mr. Brown put his life on the line,” Booneville Mayor Jerry Wilkins said last week. “If anybody deserves it, it’s (Brown). He’s that good.”
Brown was shot in the early morning hours of Wednesday, April 26 after a 911 caller informed a dispatcher he wanted to die and wanted someone to help him.
When Brown and other officers arrived at the apartment complex from where the 911 call originated, a man identified as 49-year old Gregory Rongey came around a corner carrying a pistol and a longer gun in his hands.
Brown tackled the suspect but the pistol fired striking Brown in the leg but he completed the take down and handcuffing of Rongey after the gun discharged without officers returning fire, according to published reports.
Brown was taken to Mercy Hospital in Booneville via police unit and on to Fort Smith via ambulance. He was discharged on Thursday in time to attend his son’s spring band concert.
Though the gunshot wound was classified has a soft tissue injury, Brown would eventually have surgery on a shoulder also injured in the incident.
Rongey was charged with first degree battery for the shooting.
One of the 75 county winners was to be named law enforcement officer of the year at yesterday’s summit. Wilkins said during last week’s city council meeting he believed Brown had a chance to be the one selected.