Arkansas State Trooper Wounded in Shooting

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MALVERN, Ark. – An Arkansas state trooper has been wounded and the State Police say a woman has been arrested in connection with the officer-involved shooting in Hot Spring County, near Malvern.

Officials say Elsbeth Tresa Kittinger, 49, of Fort Worth, Texas was arrested after being treated for a gunshot wound sustained in the shooting, reported KATV.

According to the police report, Arkansas State Trooper Kyle Sheldon was wounded when he was shot late Sunday night. The shooting occurred during a traffic stop at the Valero gas station off U.S. Highway 270 near Interstate 30 in Rockport.

State Troopers say they were informed about the incident around 8:42 p.m. after Kittinger fired on Trooper Sheldon after being asked to step outside her vehicle.

Fortunately, officers with the Malvern Police Department were parked near Trooper Sheldon’s vehicle stop after answering an unrelated call in the area. As a result, Malvern officers returned fire at Kittinger, who drove away in an older model Dodge pick-up truck.

However, authorities say they fired a second time at Kittinger as she fled onto Doyle Jones Road, which is five miles away from the original traffic stop and location of the initial shooting.

As a result of his wounds, Trooper Sheldon was transported to a local hospital after the shooting. Police tell KATV his injuries are non-life threatening.

Kittinger was taken into custody and is being held at the Garland County Detention Center.

I know to the world I may be just one person, but to one person I may be the whole world! 

– Trooper Kyle Sheldon

On the Arkansas State Police Facebook page, they are asking for thoughts and prayers for the injured trooper.

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Arkansas State Police say Elsbeth Tresa Kittinger, 49, right, of Fort Worth, Texas has been arrested in the shooting of Trooper Kyle Sheldon, left. (Arkansas State Police/Garland County Sheriff’s Office)

Several days before the shooting, Trooper Sheldon chronicled his unique path into law enforcement. This is his journey, which was posted on the Arkansas State Police Facebook Page for #whyiwearthebadgewednesday:

Ever since I can remember I wanted to be a police officer. I am reminded by my Noni (my mother’s mother) every time I see her how she can remember me watching Cops on television (which I now know isn’t real) instead of cartoons. As I spent most of my childhood being moved from place to place, with parents who chose a lifestyle on the wrong side of the law, my passion to become a police officer grew even stronger. I recall many times seeing the police at my house, and many times I was the one that called them. When I saw the lights and the uniforms pull in the yard I knew from that point on that I was safe. I told myself that I would be the one who broke the cycle, and that I would set a new course in my family. I was determined to be successful and I never gave up.

At the age of 15, I met the most wonderful family that adopted me of as one of their own. They saved me, and they gave me a stable environment. For the first time in my life I experienced what it was like to be a part of a family. I graduated from Glen Rose High School, and attended Henderson State University before starting a Job with the Arkansas Department of Corrections. After spending 5 years there, I began working for the Malvern Police Department, and I worked there for almost 3 years. I always had a desire to be an Arkansas State Trooper and knew that was my ultimate goal. In May of 2015, my dream became a reality and I was hired by the Arkansas State Police.

I wake up every day and put my uniform on with pride and honor. Every day I remember the road to where I am today was not easy, but I made it. I strive to be the best I can be every day, never passing up the opportunity to help someone in need. The chance to make a child smile, or show them that we are not the bad guys, gives me a great sense of community and I go home knowing I possibly made a difference. I learned early on that to get respect, I had to give respect. Many times I have seen kids in the same position I was in as a child. I take a lot of pride in trying to be their hope and their moment of safety, if only for a short time. In a time where our profession is under extreme scrutiny, I work every day to be a part of the change in my small corner of the world. I want to give my wife and children the life they deserve. I know to the world I may be just one person, but to one person I may be the whole world! 

– Trooper Kyle Sheldon, Highway Patrol, Troop K

May Trooper Sheldon have a speedy recovery!

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