Pursuit Ends In Shots Fired, Suspect takes his own life.
From the desk of Sheriff Scott Bradley
On November 25, Deputies with the van Buren County Sheriff’s Department responded to assist an Arkansas State Police Officer who had attempted to arrest Devon Pearson, of Clinton, who had an outstanding arrest warrant during a traffic stop. The Trooper was drug several feet as Pearson sped away to avoid arrest. Pearson led Deputies on a pursuit in the southern part of Van Buren County where he was met just off ofRanch Road. This was the first of several locations that Pearson fired a weapon at Sheriff’s Deputies who were attempting to apprehend him. The Deputy returned fire that would ultimately disable the vehicle in the minutes to come. Pearson made his way around this Deputy and proceeded to Hwy 65 where he was followed by another Sheriff’s Deputy. Pearson then fired several more gunshots at this Deputy from his vehicle near SouthSideSchoolwhile traveling south at a high rate of speed . As Pearson approached the intersection of Hyw 65 South and Hwy 124, his vehicle became overheated due to the return fire from the initial shots fired hitting his radiator. When Deputies with the Sheriffs Department and 20th Judicial Drug Task Force, who were also assisting with the pursuit, moved in to stop the pursuit Pearson turned his weapon on himself and fired a single gunshot to his head. Pearson was transported to Ozark Health where he later died of a self inflicted gunshot wound to the head. Pearson sustained no other injuries or gunshot wounds.Sheriff Scott Bradley adds “While I am very proud of how my Deputies responded, and the assistance of the other departments, this is a very tragic ending to an incident that we must deal with. My thoughts and prayers are with the family of Devon Pearson as they mourn the loss of a loved one”.