BY MELANIE BUCK –
Polk County Sheriff’s Deputies apprehended a shooting suspect out of McCurtain County, Oklahoma last night, just north of Hatfield on Hwy. 71. According to Chief Deputy Scott Sawyer, Polk County Sheriff’s Department received a call from McCurtain County Sheriff’s Department around 11:30 p.m. Sunday night stating Kenneth Lee Scott, age 42, of DeQueen, Arkansas was alleged to have shot his girlfriend at a possible family member’s residence in the Millerton, Oklahoma area and had fled the scene.
Polk County Deputies were given a description of the vehicle Scott was suspected to be driving and were told he was believed to be on his way to Polk County where he has family. Sawyer said that around midnight, Polk County Deputies spotted the vehicle and attempted a traffic stop. However, the fugitive led Deputies Seth Smith, Jim Smith, and Scott Sawyer on a short pursuit before pulling over where he was then taken into custody with no further incident. Sawyer said that Scott was arrested on local charges of Fleeing and Careless Driving and is awaiting extradition to Oklahoma for more serious charges.
According to McCurtain County Sheriff’s Captain Lori Bray, the McCurtain County Sheriff’s Office received a call around 10:30 p.m. Sunday night from McCurtain Memorial Hospital in Idabel, Oklahoma stating they had a female shooting victim. Upon arrival, deputies observed that Julie Hice, age 33, of Ashdown, Arkansas, had been shot in the right arm around the elbow area. McCurtain Deputy Terry Lewis was the originating officer and also noticed bruising on the victim as well. Bray said, “We are not 100% percent sure of what all happened. It’s still early and everything is still vague because of her [Hice’s] trauma and being medicated.” Hice was said to be in an ‘on-again, off-again’ relationship with Scott. The case is still under investigation and is being turned over to McCurtain County’s Domestic Violence Division.
McCurtain County District Attorney Mark Matloff issued a warrant around 3 p.m. Monday afternoon for Kenneth Scott for Assault and Battery with a Deadly Weapon, a felony charge, and a bond has been set at $250,000. Scott has already signed a waiver for extradition and is expected to be picked up by McCurtain County authorities later today.