Earlier this week, a routine traffic stop quickly escalated into a life-or-death gunfight for members of Arkansas law enforcement.
According to multiple reports, police officers pulled over 29-year-old Luis Cobos-Cenobio for an unknown reason when the man, who is in the country illegally, pulled a gun, opened fire, and approached the police vehicle.
After several shots were made by Cobos-Cenobio and returned by the law enforcement official, the illegal immigrant returned to his car and fled the scene.
As the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports, he was later caught, arrested, and charged with “four charges of attempted capital murder and one charge each of fleeing, terroristic act, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia.”
No officers were harmed in the brief exchange, the Daily Wire reported, which was entirely caught on the officer’s dashcam.
Via Arkansas Democrat-Gazette:
The incident started at 12:43 p.m. after Washington County Cpl. Brett Thompson attempted to pull over a green Saturn driving north on South Barrington Road near Steele Road in Tontitown for a traffic violation, according to a Washington County sheriff’s office news release. The area is south of U.S. 412 and west of Interstate 49.
Cobos-Cenobio eventually stopped the car on Steele Road. When Thompson got out of his patrol vehicle, Cobos-Cenobio opened his car door and began shooting, at which point Thompson returned fire, according to a news release from the sheriff’s office.
Cobos-Cenobio fled, then stopped a short distance later and let a female passenger out of the car before taking off again.
The exchange between the illegal immigration and the police continued once law enforcement tracked him down later in the day.
From 5 News Online:
A short time later, Springdale police said they found Cobos-Cenobio’s car on U.S. 71B near Shady Grove Road and gunshots were again exchanged.
Cobos-Cenobio, again, took off and a pursuit ensued into Fayetteville and back to Springdale, with Arkansas State Police (ASP) and Fayetteville police assisting.
Witnesses described as many as 30-40 shots rang out during the second exchange between the illegal immigrant and law enforcement:
Amber and Heaven Williams witnessed some of the incident.
“I watched the back window of the Chevy Impala they were shooting at, I watched it shatter. The front of one of the cop cars, their front windshield got busted out with a gunshot and then after that, there were cops everywhere,” they said.
Other witnesses who were at the intersection of Thompson and Don Tyson told 5NEWS they heard shots fired.
Mike Jones was at a nearby establishment.
“Several [shots] is an understatement,” Jones posted on Facebook. “I was sitting at Casey’s when he came through the first time and had a shootout with the cops. I’m guessing 30-40 shots fired.”
Breitbart reports the illegal immigrant is being held on a $500,000 bond and is under an immigration detainer by the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency. “[S]hould he be released at any time, he will be turned over to federal immigration officials for prosecution and deportation,” the report continued.