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Arkansas Officer Saved Sgt. During Fatal Gunfight

April 13, 2011  | 


Photo: Screenshot via KAIT8.

A Trumann (Ark.) Police officer pushed his sergeant out of harm's way before being fatally shot during a vehicle stop on Tuesday in Poinsett County.

Officer Jonathan Schmidt, 30, was killed in front of the Cottonwood Manor Apartments on Pine Street at 11:27 p.m. as he walked toward a 2002 Hyundai, according to Bill Sadler, public information officer with the Arkansas State Police.

Officer Schmidt pulled over the Hyundai after he ran the license plate and learned the vehicle was uninsured. Sgt. Corey Overstreet arrived as a backup officer prior to the vehicle stop.

Three of the four people in the vehicle had outstanding misdemeanor warrants, reports Arkansas Online, including driver Brian Keith Elumbaugh.

Officer Schmidt pulled over the vehicle, and was joking with Elumbaugh. At that time, 37-year-old Jerry Lard allegedly opened fire on the officer, who was hit in the neck and pushed Sgt. Overstreet out of harm's way, reports the Associated Press.

Lard, who cursed at the officer as he lay dying, was taken into custody and hospitalized. He has an outstanding warrant, Sadler tells POLICE Magazine.

Officer Schmidt, a four-year veteran, leaves a wife and three children. The Trumann PD scheduled a memorial service for Office Schmidt for Saturday.

Tags: Vehicle Stops, Duty Deaths, Arkansas, Trumann (Ark.) PD


Comments (13)

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DAN @ 4/14/2011 6:44 PM

How does a a suspect get away with killing an officer in the presence of another officer and still walk away w/o multiple bullet wounds?

Dan the Man @ 4/14/2011 6:55 PM

How did this suspect just get "taken into custody," as the officer was dying on the ground? Why weren't multiple rounds put down range into this suspect?

Morning Eagle @ 4/14/2011 8:27 PM

Echo the first two comments! If you are going to put a stop to the growing inclination to shoot police officers evident in the past few months, these scumbags must learn that if they shoot at an officer they WILL die at the scene or when apprehended. They will not get to go to court and file endless appeals.

Sgt. Bogie @ 4/14/2011 8:46 PM

No greater love....people ask where these men and women come from..the best of the best...I have known men and women like this...its an honor to have worked side by side with them.. and so very painful to say goodbye. God Bless...

WebEdPaul @ 4/14/2011 9:22 PM

Officer Schmidt did return fire, striking Lard.

Garrett @ 4/14/2011 11:12 PM

Never should have been allowed to leave the scene alive...Officer Schmidt died a hero and it's a tragedy that his murderer is breathing right now.

Rick @ 4/15/2011 4:48 AM

It seems as though this has been more of an epidemic than ever this year. My heartfelt condolences to the family and fellow co-workers of Officer Schmidt. May you find peace and comfort in the fact that he died as a hero thinking of his fellow officers safety before his own. To the scumbag that shot him...May you rot in hell....Actually killing him would make it too easy of a sentence for the idiot. Let him suffer in jail and be someone's bitch for years to come...ANY PERSON WHO TAKES THE LIFE OF ANY LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICER RECKLESSLY AND INTENTIONALLY SHOULD SUFFER DEATH BY ELECTROCUTION UNDER FEDERAL STATUTE... Just sayin!!!

jim @ 4/15/2011 6:53 AM

Remember years ago that we would get teletypes from FBI about Police Officer Killed Summary. NC was the only state that always had the outcome "suspect has been apprehended and is now deceased....

jim @ 4/15/2011 6:55 AM

Rest in Peace.....

shelly @ 4/15/2011 7:06 AM

may he rest in peace, my condolences to the family...........

Chief Johnson @ 4/15/2011 10:21 AM

This young officer paid the ultimate price. Unless we were on the scene we do not know what happened. Rather than be critical or second guess, let us remind all our officers that each traffic stop or call could present such an encounter. We owe it to all that have paid the ultimate price and all that serve to be ready, train hard and should we be faced with a similar situation, take the perp out, so that no other officer has to face that individual again. RIP brother. God bless the people that put themselves in harms way to keep our communities safe. Thank you for what you do.

josh @ 4/15/2011 11:57 AM

Just to correct part of the story....... he was the father of 3 children. We will all miss him here and we keep his family in our prayers.

Kim @ 4/18/2011 2:02 AM

I am so sorry For Off. Schmidt. What a true hero. Sgt. Overstreet must feel overwhelmed with survivors guilt. It's Lard who should have paid the piper. He should have been taken from the scene in a black bag. My heart goes out to Schmidt's family. I grieve for your loss. God Bless.

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