The Arkansas State Police’s criminal investigation division has been asked to investigate a series of events that began July 11 when a Biggers community resident allegedly tried to firebomb the Randolph County Sheriff’s residence.
According to state police, Sheriff Kevin Bell was alerted at around 1:30 a.m. that 40-year-old Bryan Rogers was outside his home just prior to Rogers allegedly throwing a “crude explosive device,” according to state law enforcement, at the sheriff’s home.
Rogers, who was free on bond after being arrested recently on numerous felony charges, fled the property while Bell extinguished the fire.
At around 1:40 a.m., sheriff’s deputies from Randolph County and Lawrence County encountered Rogers driving west on U.S.-62 toward Pocahontas and tried to stop him.
A shootout occurred between Rogers and deputies, according to state police.
The pursuit covered around 15 miles and Rogers was apprehended at 1:57 a.m. near Blacksferry Lane west of Pocahontas when deputies used a PIT (precision intervention technique) maneuver to stop the vehicle.
Neither law enforcement nor Rogers was injured.
Rogers is being held at the Lawrence County Jail while state police special agents continue their investigation.