“Thank You” Note from Wounded DeputyApril 1st, 2013 by Joe Burgess
Deputy Chapman wants to express his appreciation to everyone, and sent the message below.
“No words can adequately express my gratitude for the outpouring of support, encouragement and generosity I have received from the community. Everyone’s prayers and selfless acts have left me humble and has made me realized how bless I am during this challenging time.
People have asked me if there was anything that I could have done differently, I guess there will always be the “what if’s” and “If only I would have’s” but this experience has taught me something about life, not patrol. I learned that friendships are valuable and time is limited.
Thank you to all the agencies that responded and the community that added me to their prayers. I know that this will never begin to express my feelings, but thank you.”
With Sincere Appreciation and Gratitude,
Deputy Jeremy Chapman
Deputy Recovering from Gunshot Wounds – More Info on Deceased Suspect
March 29, 2013
Around 10:30 pm, Wednesday night, Drew County Patrol Deputy Jeremy Chapman was attempting to check a suspicious dark blue / purple Chevy S-10, parked at Big Jax convenience store (which was closed) at the intersection of East Gaines and McCloy Streets in Monticello, when he was reportedly shot by the suspect.
Deputy Chapman was able to return fire, as the vehicle fled the scene, striking the pick-up’s rear window.
Chapman was transported to Drew Memorial Hospital by SEEMS , assisted by MASI. He was then transferred to JRMC in Pine Bluff. He was shot twice with a 380 handgun in the chest and shoulder area. Chapman is expected to have surgery later today, but is reportedly in stable condition, and doing well.
The purple Chevy, believed to be driven by Nicholas S. Bray (age 34, of Cleveland County), was later located in the Drew / Cleveland County line area, where multiple law enforcement agencies searched the woods for him, aided by the Arkansas Dept. of Correction search dogs.
According to Drew County Sheriff Mark Gober, the ADC tracking dogs found Bray’s body in a deer stand in a pine thicket, apparently dead from a self inflicted gunshot wound.
Arkansas State Police detectives are conducting the investigation of the incidents, and told MLive that the victim’s body has been sent to the state crime lab for autopsy.
Sheriff Mark Gober wants to express his appreciation to all agencies involved; including the Monticello Police Dept. Arkansas State Police, sheriff’s depts. from Chicot County, Bradley County, Cleveland County, and Desha County. He also complimented the efforts of the Drug Task Force, ADC tracking team, SEEMS, MASI, DMH, JRMC, and all other law enforcement and first responders who assisted during this situation.
Sheriff Gober also offered a heartfelt thank you for the prayers and concern that were offered up for Deputy Chapman, as well as asking for continued prayers for the victim’s family.
More information will be posted on MLive, when it becomes available.