Buffalo River

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On Tuesday, May 4, 2021 at 12:04 p.m., two National Park Service (NPS) rangers stopped a car for routine traffic violations near Tyler Bend. During the stop, the male passenger, later identified as Damon Scott Casey, 40, of North Little Rock, produced two forms of identification. Rangers determined Casey to have possible, non-extraditable warrants from another jurisdiction, along with a lengthy criminal history involving firearms, drugs, assault, and domestic violence.

When rangers asked Casey and the female driver to step out of the vehicle, Casey refused and acted in a manner causing officers to believe the female might be in danger. Casey produced a handgun, shot himself in the head and died on scene. The driver and rangers were unharmed. Authorities later identified Casey and the female driver as persons of interest in a shooting incident in Pulaski County.

The body was sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for an autopsy.

Special agents of the Arkansas State Police, assisted by special agents of the NPS Investigative Services Branch, the Searcy County Sheriff’s Department, the Marshall Arkansas Police Department and the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office are conducting an ongoing investigation into the incident. No further details are available at this time.

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