One dead following Faulkner County vehicle chase that ended in gunfire


A man is dead following a vehicle chase that ended in gunfire early Sunday in Faulkner County, according to the Arkansas State Police.

Scotty Helton, 53, died after being shot by state troopers in a gunfire exchange that took place shortly after troopers attempted to stop Helton for reckless and erratic driving around 1 a.m.

Faulkner County deputies and Conway police officers pursued Helton into the city limits of Conway and on county backroads, according to a news release. Officers were reportedly fired upon by Helton multiple times during the pursuit.

State troopers joined the chase and eventually deployed spike strips on State Highway 89 which deflated Helton’s tires near the intersection of Interstate 40 where he struck a concrete curb and his vehicle came to rest.

Officers said Helton then brandished a gun which led three state troopers and one Mayflower police officer to fire their weapons, striking Helton. Troopers attempted to render medical aid but Helton died at the scene, according to the state report.

Special agents are conducting an investigation into the incident, and a case file will be submitted to a prosecuting attorney of jurisdiction who will decide whether the use of deadly force by the officers was consistent with state law, according to the report.

Three state troopers were placed on paid administrative leave as the investigation continues. The Mayflower Police Department will determine whether to release the identity of their officer involved and their administrative status, the report states.