Magnolia, AR – The Magnolia police chief was shot in the back by an officer on Tuesday morning as a task force attempted to arrest a fugitive.
The incident occurred at about 8:15 a.m. on Feb. 11 as a task force made up of Magnolia police officers and Columbia County sheriff’s deputies were serving an arrest warrant at a residence on Columbia Road, according to the Magnolia Reporter.
Magnolia Police Chief Todd Dew was part of task force who arrived to arrest 33-year-old Cory Nathan Cannon, the Magnolia Banner-News reported.
“Local law enforcement received information that (Cory Nathan) Cannon was present at (a) residence located on Columbia Road 78. They went to the residence at approximately 8:15 a.m. to serve the warrant,” Magnolia Police Captain Michael Caldwell and Columbia County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney Ryan Phillips said in a joint statement.
“Upon entering the home an officer’s gun accidentally discharged, striking Chief Todd Dew,” the statement continued.
Chief Drew was shot in the back, but the bullet struck his bullet-proof vest which absorbed most of the impact.
The chief received only minor injuries, the Magnolia Banner-News reported.
He was transported to Magnolia Regional Medical Center and was held there for treatment and observation and later released, according to the Magnolia Reporter.
Despite the officer-involved shooting of Chief Drew, the task force’s mission was successful, according to Capt. Caldwell and the prosecutor.
Authorities have not released any information as to whether the chief was shot by one of his officers or a deputy.
“Cannon was apprehended and placed under arrest during the incident. He was transported to the Columbia County Detention Facility, where he will await his first appearance on the pending charges,” their statement read.
The subject of the warrant was wanted for absconding from probation and several felonies he committed while leading police on a chase on Monday night, according to the Magnolia Reporter.
Columbia County Circuit Court records showed that Cannon is a career felon with a criminal history that include aggravated assault, felon in possession of a firearm, and numerous drug charges.
Chief Drew is a veteran law enforcement officer who began his career as a marshal in Taylor and then as corrections deputy for the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office, the Magnolia Reporter reported.
He rose through the ranks at the sheriff’s office to become chief deputy before he left to join the Magnolia Police Department as a sergeant patrol officer and criminal investigator.
Chief Drew served as captain of the Criminal Investigations Division before he was promote to head the department, according to the Magnolia Reporter.