A Union County deputy arrested Tuesday an El Dorado man who reportedly commandeered the officer’s car and tried to flee, authorities said Tuesday. Arkansas State Police will investigate the incident because the deputy fired his weapon at the patrol vehicle while the man was inside.
The deputy, whom authorities did not identify, was chasing a stolen vehicle driven by Schroder about 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, according to an account by the state police. As Schroder drove along Lynn Fite Road onto U.S. 82, west of El Dorado, he lost control of the car and it crashed into a tree, state police said. A deputy tried to arrest Schrode, according to the release, and he resisted. The two fought, moving from the road to a residence.
As Schroder began to drive the patrol car, the deputy fired his pistol, state police said. Authorities said they believe one round penetrated the vehicle exterior.