Suspect involved in officer-involved shooting in Texarkana identified; charges released

Jayden Jamar Sledge, 20, of Nash, Texas
Jayden Jamar Sledge, 20, of Nash, Texas(Texarkana Arkansas Police Department)
Published: Oct. 20, 2021 at 2:07 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 22, 2021 at 11:23 AM CDT
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TEXARKANA, Ark. (KSLA) - Jayden Jamar Sledge, 20, has been identified as the man injured during an officer-involved shooting in downtown Texarkana, Ark. that happened Oct. 13.

Arkansas State Police is investigating the incident, which happened at a downtown restaurant called Zapata’s, which was open at the time.

Officials with the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department say Sledge is facing the following charges:

  • First-degree terroristic threatening
  • Breaking and entering
  • Aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer (2 counts)
  • Aggravated assault

Sledge was injured in the shooting and treated at a local hospital before being booked.

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“An off-duty officer engaged a subject that was committing a felony crime and the investigation has been turned over to the Arkansas State Police,” said Kelly Pilgreen with TAPD.

Information from the prosecuting attorney’s office indicates the incident started when a woman inside nearby Hopkins Icehouse saw someone burglarizing a car outside. Sledge then reportedly pulled a gun on the woman’s husband. The couple then went inside the icehouse a notified an off-duty office who was there. The officer then reportedly chased Sledge, who ran into Zapata’s. The attorney’s office says Sledge then pulled a gun on the officer, causing him to retreat. The off-duty officer then got a gun from one of the other patrons at Zapata’s and confronted Sledge, who was trying to get away. That’s when Sledge reportedly pointed his gun at the officer again. At that point, the officer reportedly fired a shot, hitting Sledge.

Preliminary information indicates the officer’s actions were justified.

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