Drew County Deputy Sheriff shot during routine traffic stop Wednesday night

Drew County Deputy, Jeremy Chapman was shot twice during a routine traffic stop that occurred at approximately 10:25 p.m. Wednesday.

Nicholas Bray, 34, of Cleveland County, left the scene after the shooting and led authorities on a manhunt for the subject. Drew County Sheriff’s Department was assisted by Bradley, Chicot & Desha County Sheriff’s Departments, Monticello Police Department and Drug Task Force.

The subject was found deceased in a deer stand near his residence from what appeared to be a self inflicted gunshot wound at around 4:30 a.m.

Sheriff Mark Gober said that he would like to send his appreciation to Warden Gaylon Lay of the Arkansas Department of Corrections- Cummins Unit for the use of the prison’s tracking dogs, who played a role in recovering Bray's body.

Deputy Chapman was first taken to Drew Memorial Hospital but was later transported to JRMC, where he is listed as being in stable but improving condition at this time.

The Advance-Monticellonian will have more on this case as the details unfold.

Drew County Sheriff's Deputy Jeremy Chapman


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