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AR - hunter charged with attempted capital murder

Hunting suspect shot in NLR park
Man hospitalized after exchanging gunfire with state wildlife officer

By Stacy Hudson
Sunday, November 4, 2007

An Arkansas wildlife officer exchanged gunfire Saturday morning with a man believed to be hunting illegally in North Little Rockís Burns Park, striking the man in the neck, authorities said.

Officer Matt Flowers, who was wearing a bullet-resistant vest, was struck in the chest during the exchange, they said.

Officials released few details late Saturday about the shooting, but the hunting suspect, identified as Phillip Kelly, 36, of North Little Rock, has been charged with attempted capital murder.

The shooting occurred about 9:30 a.m. in some woods just inside the park after Flowers asked to see the manís hunting license, officials said.

Scott Henderson, director of the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission ó reached on his cell phone Saturday afternoon ó identified Bird as the wildlife officer. Birdís age was not available.

Hunting in Burns Park is illegal, but neighbors and commission officials say itís an ongoing problem there.

For more information see today's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

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