WEST MEMPHIS, Ark. (AP) – Police in eastern Arkansas fatally shot a kidnapping suspect during a traffic disruption early Tuesday, and officials have discovered the alleged kidnapping victim alive in the trunk of the vehicle, the authorities said.
Police in Memphis, Tennessee responded to a report by two men who were seen forcing a man into the trunk of a car.
The Memphis police tried to overtake the vehicle, but the driver refused to stop and crossed Interstate 40 to West Memphis, Arkansas. There, a Arkansas state police officer forced the car to stop and the driver fled, the police in Memphis said.
Officers opened fire and the driver was pronounced dead at the scene, police in Memphis said. The occupant of the car was arrested and the police found a 61-year-old man in the trunk of the car.
Police said the man had minor injuries and was treated by medics on site.
The investigation led to a temporary shutdown of Interstate 40, which connects Tennessee to Arkansas by crossing the Mississippi.