Prairie Grove, AR. – A Prairie Grove Police Officer was shot multiple times while at a disturbance call on Tuesday night. His partner was able to shoot the suspect, apply tourniquets to the wounded officer, and then remove the officer from the scene.
Prairie Grove Police Chief Chris Workman said the following via press release:
On Tuesday at 8:32pm, a 911 call was received from 313 W. Thurman St. reporting a physical disturbance in the home. Prairie Grove Officers Tyler Franks and Andrew Gibson arrived on scene at 8:37pm, along with two Farmington Officers, and attempted to make entry into a bedroom.
The suspect, identified as Nickolas M. Colbert, fired multiple rounds from a shotgun and handgun at close range. Officer Tyler Franks was struck three times and critically wounded. Officer Andrew Gibson then fired five rounds striking the suspect at least four times. The suspect retreated further into the bedroom while still armed. 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.
An Emergency Response Team arrived and took the suspect into custody at 9:45pm. The suspect was transported to the Washington Regional Medical Center where he underwent surgery and is currently listed in stable condition. 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. Officer Andrew Gibson has been placed on paid administrative leave in accordance with Prairie Grove Police Department Policy. We have requested the Washington County Sheriff’s Office to conduct the criminal investigation.
We would like to thank all surrounding agencies for their response, cooperation and professionalism. We are truly blessed by the support we are receiving. Please keep Officer Tyler Franks, his family and this department in your thoughts and prayers.
From a Facebook post by the Prairie Grove Police Department, “If you are wanting to support Officer Tyler Franks, his wife and family, we have attached the official GoFundMe link. Please beware of unofficial pages, fundraisers and scammers who would like to take advantage of this situation. Recent updates have indicated that it will be a long road to recovery for our officer.”