An El Dorado man is accused of stealing a Union County sheriff deputy’s patrol vehicle.
20-year-old Kyle Schroder overpowered a deputy after a vehicle chase and subsequently commandeered the deputy’s vehicle. According to police, Schroder attempted to move the vehicle, and the deputy fired his weapon into the vehicle.
Police say that Schroder was involved in a vehicle pursuit beginning at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Schroder lost control of his vehicle, which police say was stolen, while driving on Lynn Fite Road and turning onto U.S.-82, west of El Dorado. The vehicle lost control and Schroder crashed into a tree, police say.
According to police, the deputy attempted to take Schroder into custody. At that point, Schroder resisted arrested, overpowered the deputy, and attempted to steal his patrol car.
The Arkansas State Police has been requested to conduct an investigation of a Union County officer involved shooting. Local sheriff’s department authorities requested the investigation while a search was underway earlier today for an El Dorado man who commandeered a deputy’s patrol car.’
The deputy involved in the altercation sustained minor injuries. Schroder was detained and is currently being held at the Union County Detention Center.
Special agents of the Arkansas State Police criminal investigation division are preparing an investigating file to submit to the Union County prosecuting attorney. The prosecuting attorney will then determine whether the use of deadly force by the deputy was consistent with state laws.
The special agents are also preparing affidavits seeking formal charges of aggravated assault to be filed against Schroder.