SPRINGDALE, Ark. — Video captured a harrowing Arkansas shootout. The gunfire filmed by a bystander shows the moments when a gunman opened fire on a Washington County deputy who tried to stop him near Tontitown.

Julie Smithson posted the video on Facebook and said her husband Ryan captured the video on Steel Road near Tontitown, reported KFSM.

Ryan Smithson crouched behind his truck for protection as a Washington County sheriff’s deputy exchanged gunfire with a suspect. The man who opened fire on the deputy was later identified as Luis Cobos-Cenobio, 29, of Springdale.

Arkansas shootout

Luis Enrique Cobos-Cenobio was taken into custody after engaging law enforcement authorities in multiple shootouts. (Booking photo via KFSM)

Attempted Capital Murder

Cobos-Cenobio is accused of attempted capital murder after he fired away at several police officers last Sunday.

Moreover, Cobos-Cenobio was arrested in connection with committing a terroristic act, fleeing, possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia. The man told police he “wanted to die,” according to a probable cause affidavit.

Harrowing Arkansas Shootout

Springdale police said they were notified of shots fired at a Washington County Sheriff’s deputy near Tontitown, shortly after 12 p.m. Sunday.

The shooting occurred when Corporal Brett Thompson tried to stop Cobos-Cenobio near South Barrington and Steel roads in Tontitown for a traffic violation, but Cobos-Cenobio kept driving.

However, Cobos-Cenobio continued on Steele Road and eventually yielded.

When Thompson exited his patrol unit, Cobos-Cenobio also stepped out of his car and began shooting, prompting the deputy to return fire, police said.

Suspect Flees

Cobos-Cenobio got back into his car, took off, stopped again, let a female passenger out of the car and continued driving, according to the Washington County Sheriff’s Office (WCSO).

Washington County Sheriff’s Office

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office posted a statement and dashcam footage from the traffic stop to their Facebook page Tuesday.

A viewer video shows the woman being detained by the deputy who was fired upon in Tontitown.


Authorities then issued a “Be on the Lookout (BOLO)” for the Cobos-Cenobio and his 2008 Saturn.

Second Shootout

A short time later, Springdale police said they found Cobos-Cenobio’s car on U.S. 71B near Shady Grove Road. When they tried to take him into custody, more gunshots were exchanged.

Cobos-Cenobio, again, took off and a pursuit traveled into Fayetteville and back to Springdale, with Arkansas State Police (ASP) and Fayetteville police assisting.

Springdale police said Cobos-Cenobio returned to Don Tyson Parkway and South Thompson Street, where he finally surrendered.

Witness Observations

Two witnesses to part of the series of crimes were Amber and Heaven Williams.

“I watched the back window of the Chevy Impala they were shooting at, I watched it shatter.  The front of one of the cop cars, their front windshield got busted out with a gunshot and then after that, there were cops everywhere,” they said.

Other witnesses who were at the intersection of Thompson and Don Tyson told 5NEWS they heard shots fired.

Mike Jones was at a nearby establishment.

“Several [shots] is an understatement,” Jones posted on Facebook.  “I was sitting at Casey’s when he came through the first time and had a shootout with the cops. I’m guessing 30-40 shots fired.”

Suspect Injured

Cobos appeared to have suffered a gunshot wound to his shoulder. As a result, he was transported by Springdale police to Northwest Medical Center where he was treated and released into their custody.

Police said they found some marijuana and two pipes inside Cobos-Cenobio’s car.

Officers Uninjured

Amazingly, no officers or deputies were injured.

Two Springdale police officers who fired the shots are on administrative leave, as is protocol, pending the investigation by the ASP.

Booked in Jail

Hence, Cobos-Cenobio was being held at the Washington County Detention Center on a $500,000 bond and a hold for federal court.

A spokesman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement couldn’t speak to specifics of Luis Cobos-Cenobio’s status, but he did confirm there is an ICE detainer on him. Those holds usually reflect a person who is a foreign national, the spokesman said.

Cobos-Cenobio has a hearing set for Dec. 10 in Washington County Circuit Court.