Officials say a suspect shot in an officer involved shooting in central Arkansas last week was connected to Ashley County.
Jacksonville police released information on the shooting that occurred there Thursday night. Officers were responding to a theft call at a car dealership located approximately 15 miles north of Little Rock when the male suspect was fatally shot while allegedly trying to steal a vehicle.
Local authorities confirmed that the man shot was Tramon Savage, 22, who last month was arrested in connection with a Hamburg bank robbery.
According to Hamburg police, Savage was arrested after allegedly stealing thousands in cash with what appeared to be a handgun. When Hamburg officers arrested him in his home, they recovered the cash and weapon, which they identified as a BB gun.
Following Savage’s arrest on May 23, documents were filed in the Ashley County Circuit Clerk’s office declaring his charges as aggravated robbery and theft of property.
He bonded out of the Ashley County jail following the arrest and late Thursday night was reportedly shot and killed in Jacksonville.
According to state police, Thursday night’s shooting occurred when Savage drove toward officers and accelerated in a stolen car.
Jacksonville police reported that “officers fired at an ‘unidentified man’ shortly before midnight Thursday after he allegedly stole a vehicle from a car dealership and began driving toward the exit of the dealership.
Jacksonville police said that the “unidentified man” was transported to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Savage’s family alleged both on social media and in an interview with KATV that he had mental problems that were causing him to do unspeakable things that were “out of character.”
According to documents filed in the Circuit Court of Pulaski County, Savage’s family members were attempting to have him committed for addiction treatment.
A Petition to Commit Person for Addiction Treatment was filed in the Pulaski County court on June 6.
According to the petition, Savage was living at 207 South Hospital Drive in Jacksonville.
The petition, signed by members of his family, said that Savage had been recently diagnosed with clinical depression, had a severe drinking problem, and was refusing to take his medications. Statements from the petition include, “He is very paranoid and sees things that are not there” and “he says things such as he wishes that he could give people the talent that he has, such as hearing and seeing things.” The petition also alleges that Savage told his family members that he robbed a bank because he wanted someone to kill him.
The incident is still under investigation and there has been no information released regarding the officer or officers involved.