Hero officer credited with saving the life of partner who was shot three times during domestic call

PRAIRIE GROVE, AR – An Arkansas police officer is in the intensive care unit this morning after being shot three times during a domestic disturbance call on Tuesday night. His partner is credited with saving his life.

The shooting occurred in Prairie Grove, about 190 miles northwest of Little Rock. Police say several officers were met with gunfire when they responded to a 911 call reporting a physical disturbance at a home at 313 W. Thurman Street.

Prairie Grove Police Department reported that Officer Tyler Franks is in stable condition at Washington Regional Medical Center after he was shot three times after Nickolas M. Colbert, 42, opened fire.

According to police, Franks and Officer Andrew Gibson responded to the call assisted by two Farmington police officers. They arrived at the home at 8:37 p.m.

Officers Franks and Gibson entered the home and tried to go into the bedroom where Colbert was located. Colbert fired multiple rounds from a shotgun and handgun at close range, striking Franks.

Officer Gibson fired five shots in return, striking Colbert at least four of those times. Officer Gibson then heroically pulled his injured partner from the home while the suspect retreated back into the bedroom.

Using his training, Officer Gibson applied tourniquets to the injured officer, and performed other life-saving measures until medics arrived and rushed Officer Franks to the medical center.

Police said the wounded officer underwent multiple surgeries:

“Officer Tyler Franks was also transported to the Washington Regional Medical Center where he underwent multiple surgeries. He is currently in ICU and reported to be in stable condition.”

Colbert was taken into custody about an hour later and also transported to Washington Regional Medical Center for treatment. A police statement read:

“The suspect was transported to the Washington Regional Medical Center where he underwent surgery and is currently listed in stable condition.”

 Prosecutor Matt Durrett said charges have not yet been filed against Colbert because he is undergoing emergency medical treatment. Durrett said Colbert will likely stay in the hospital for a few weeks. When he is discharged, he will be brought to the Washington County Detention Center.

Durrett said Colbert will likely face charges of either attempted capital murder or battery on a law enforcement officer.

Officer Gibson is being praised by law enforcement officials as a hero for saving the life of his partner. A press release issued by Prairie Grove Police Chief Chris Workman said:

“Officer Andrew Gibson was able to remove Officer Tyler Franks from the house and immediately applied two tourniquets. This immediate action is credited with saving Officer Tyler Franks’ life.”

Officer Gibson has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of the investigation, a normal procedure in officer-involved shootings.

The Prairie Grove Police Department has asked the Washington County Sheriff’s Officer to investigate the incident.

Captain Tion Augustine with the sheriff’s department is taking part in the investigation. Augustine knows firsthand what Officer Franks is experiencing.  Captain Augustine was seriously injured in a shooting on the job in 2015.

Augustine was a sheriff’s deputy when he was called to a home when a man’s parent reported their son was “psychotic and suicidal.”

The prosecutor in the case was also Matt Durrett. At the time, he said the suspect’s parents said their son was “a danger,” “psychotic and suicidal… and for officers to use caution if they encountered him.”

Augustine, along with another deputy and several officers from the Fayetteville Police Department, went to an address in an attempt to locate Raymond Plumlee, 24, and was shot after officers heard gunfire from a nearby wooded area and went to investigate.

Augustine was rushed to the hospital with “life-threatening” injuries but survived.

Plumlee and a shotgun were found a short time later, according to the prosecutor, who described the suspect as “uncooperative with investigators.”

Plumlee was transported to the Washington County Jail and booked on charges of attempted murder, terroristic threatening, battery, and domestic battering.

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May 3, 2021


ALBUQUERQUE, NM – Newly released bodycam footage related to the February 4th incident where New Mexico State Police Officer Darian Jarrott was killed shows the moments when Las Cruces Police Officer Adrian De La Garza was non-fatally shot by the suspect and was able to get up and return fire after being hit.

As we have previously reported here at Law Enforcement Today, authorities say that Omar Felix Cueva fatally shot Officer Darian Jarrott following a traffic stop on February 4th, which later resulted in authorities from various agencies pursuing the suspect along the I-10.

While the disturbing footage related to the murder of Officer Jarrott has been widely viewed, the footage from the bodycam worn by Officer De La Garza was recently released, which showed the moments where he was non-fatally injured and returned fire.

Officer De La Garza in the footage can be seen inside of his cruiser where he was reportedly attempting to perform a pit maneuver while pursuing the suspect.

The Las Cruces Police officer can then be seen exiting his cruiser and attempting to engage the suspect.

Officer De La Garza immediately comes under fire, and his shot by the suspect.

Only down for a brief moment, Officer De La Garza gets right back up and re-engages the suspect, opening fire on Cueva after moving past his parked cruiser.

Cueva was reportedly killed during the shootout seen in the released footage.

Shortly after opening fire on the suspect, Officer De La Garza begins to back away from the downed suspect as numerous other officers come to his aid.

The officers assisting the wounded officer begin to strip him of his gear so as to treat the wound, at which point Officer De La Garza’s body-worn camera is dropped on the ground while this is ongoing.

As previously reported, Officer De La Garza was airlifted to an area hospital where he was treated for non-life threatening injuries.



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