The Sheriff's Dispatcher was alerted at approximately 4:31 p.m. by a Game and Fish Wildlife Officer that he was in pursuit of a vehicle that was traveling North on State Highway 201 from the Pigeon Creek area. The pursuit was later determined to have been initiated because of a hazardous moving violation. Sheriff's deputies began to respond to provide assistance, but deputies were not involved in the pursuit.
At approximately 4:35 p.m., the dispatcher was notified that the driver of the fleeing vehicle had crashed through a fence and into some trees. One minute later, the officer stated he had one person in custody. The vehicle was determined to be a 2000 Pontiac Sunfire with Missouri license plates that did not belong on that vehicle.
Shortly thereafter, deputies, state police troopers, and other officers with the Game and Fish began arriving at the scene. The man already in custody, believed to be the driver, was identified as 41-year-old Robert S. McClure (pictured, left) of Gainesville, Missouri.
Another occupant of the vehicle was believed to have fled on foot from the crash scene into the woods in a Westerly direction. Tracking dogs from the Arkansas Department of Corrections - North Central Unit in Calico Rock, were called to the scene to attempt to track and locate the person who fled on foot. The tracking dogs arrived at approximately 5:33 p.m. and began searching. At approximately 5:49 p.m., the dog handlers located the second person several hundred yards away in the wooded area and took him into custody. This person was identified as 35-year-old Robert Joseph Murrill, who stated he resides in Branson, Missouri.
Murrill was complaining of an injury to his leg and was transported by Sheriff's vehicle to the Baxter Regional Medical Center Emergency Room for examination.
The traffic accident was investigated by the Arkansas State Police. The vehicle appeared to have sustained moderate damage in the crash.
McClure has been booked into the Detention Center on charges of:
- Fleeing from Officer in Vehicle - Felony
- Driving While Intoxicated - Misdemeanor
- Refusal of Intoxication Test - Misdemeanor
- Reckless Driving - Misdemeanor
- Prohibited Passing - Misdemeanor
Murrill is currently being examined and treated at the hospital. He will ultimately be booked into the Detention Center on charges that include:
- Fleeing from Officer on Foot - Misdemeanor
- Public Intoxication - Misdemeanor
- Obstructing Governmental Operations - Misdemeanor
- Failure to Appear in Court Warrant - Sharp County/Cherokee Village Police
- Failure to Appear in Court Warrant - Mountain Home Police
There were approximately seven Sheriff's Deputies, four State Police Troopers, four Game and Fish Officers, and three canine handlers from the Arkansas Department of Corrections involved in the manhunt.