Barry County deputy’s traffic stop leads to fugitive’s arrest

Thursday, July 8, 2021

Man who shot at Carroll County cops arrested at residence in Lampe

A Barry County deputy’s traffic stop made on July 1 has ultimately led to the apprehension of an Arkansas fugitive who shot at two Carroll County, Ark., deputies in June.

According to the Barry County Sheriff’s Office, Deputy Kenen Martinez on July 1 noticed suspicious activity at the Broken Bread and Poured Out Wine donation drop off building in Eagle Rock. Martinez encountered a male subject later identified as Benjamin Reagan, of Lampe, inside a vehicle. It was discovered Reagan was a fugitive from Missouri and Arkansas.

Martinez approached the vehicle, and the male subject started to pull a handgun out of the console, but Martinez was able to get Reagan at gun point before Reagan could act. Reagan abandoned the weapon and fled from the car through the dense wooded area behind the building. Inside the vehicle Reagan abandoned were military grade explosives, smoke grenades and two hand guns.

Further investigation of the vehicle led authorities to suspect Reagan may be at the residence at 5621 E. Hwy. 86 in Lampe.

According to a press release from the Stone County Sheriff’s Office, on Wednesday, deputies from Barry County Sheriff’s Office requested assistance in following up at that location. When they arrived on scene, further investigation led to inconsistencies, which led authorities to believe Reagan was inside the residence. A perimeter was formed around the residence, and additional deputies responded. 

Officers from Stone County Sheriff’s Office, Barry County Sheriff’s Office, Missouri State Highway Patrol and the U.S. Marshals responded to assist. After several hours, phone contact was made with Reagan. He ultimately was negotiated into walking out of the residence with his hands up, surrendering without incident. 

Reagan is currently incarcerated at the Stone County jail on multiple warrants from both Missouri and Arkansas. Missouri charges include: 

• Parole violation, original charge dangerous drugs, felony, no bond 

• Unlawful use of a weapon, shoot from a motor vehicle towards or at a motor vehicle or person, class B felony, no bond 

• Unlawful use of a weapon, exhibiting a weapon, class E felony, no bond 

• Unlawful possession of a firearm, class D felony, no bond 

• First-degree property damage, class E felony, no bond 

• Driving while suspended or revoked, class A misdemeanor, two counts 

• Operating a motor vehicle without financial responsibility, class D misdemeanor, two counts

Bond of misdemeanors set at $5,000 cash or surety.

Arkansas warrants include: 

• Attempted murder of a police officer, two counts

• Kidnapping 

• Aggravated assault

• Possession of a firearm by certain persons 

• Fleeing on foot 

Misdemeanors form Arkansas include four counts of failure to appear on obstruction of a government official, fleeing, driving on suspended license, no insurance, theft of property.

Arkansas Warrants are from an incident on June 12, when Reagan was allegedly attempting to kidnap and individual in Carroll County. When Deputies arrived on scene, he fired his rifle at them multiple times and then fled into the woods.

Deputies in that incident took cover but could not return fire because of the how close the kidnapping victim was, and the believe Reagan was trying to kill her. Both deputies and the victim were uninjured.

Reagan has been a priority for law enforcement to apprehend since that occurrence. He has been tracked in both Missouri and Arkansas over the past weeks by the Marshals, Patrol and Stone, Barry and Carroll County deputies.

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