Officers arrest fugitive Reagan in Missouri
Benjamin Reagan, the armed fugitive who opened fire on two Carroll County deputies more than three weeks ago, has been arrested in Missouri.
According to Carroll County Sheriff’s Office chief deputy Maj. Jerry Williams, Reagan was taken into custody by officers in Stone County, Mo., after a multi-state, multi-agency searched ended in a standoff Wednesday afternoon.
“We were able to get some good information on him at a house up in Stone County today],” Williams told Carroll County News in a phone interview on Wednesday. “And just a few moments ago, after he had barricaded himself in once more, [officers were] tactically able to go in there and capture the suspect.”
Reagan had been on the run since June 12, when Carroll County deputies interrupted the alleged kidnapping and possible attempted murder of a female subject near the Romp Hole river access on the King’s River in northern Carroll County.
“It's been an exhausting search,” Williams said. “He ran out of places to go and we finally got him hemmed up, cornered and captured.”
The initial active search for Reagan, whom Williams described as a “survivalist type,” was called off approximately five hours after the encounter with deputies, a decision that Williams said last month was made in the interest of public safety.
Since then, multiple law enforcement agencies, including both the Carroll County and Stone County sheriff’s departments, Arkansas State Police, Missouri Highway Patrol, the FBI, the U.S. Marshals Service and Homeland Security have been on the lookout for Reagan.
A number of close calls prompted Williams to say last week that he was confident Reagan would be taken into custody soon.
“A Barry County [Mo.] deputy pulled him over in Eagle Rock and didn’t realize what he had,” Williams said last week. “He took off on foot. We’re keeping enough pressure on him that he’s running out of resources.”
Earlier that week, Williams said officers just missed cornering Reagan in a house.
Reagan, a convicted felon with convictions in both Missouri and Arkansas, will be facing numerous charges in both states, including multiple counts of attempted murder, kidnapping and fleeing, in addition to a host of lesser charges.
Williams said Reagan is being held in the Stone County jail.
“He’s facing so many charges up in Stone County, I’m going to assume it may be a while before we have an extradition hearing,” Williams said Wednesday. “It’s a huge relief to get him in custody and provide some safety and security to the citizens of both Arkansas and Missouri.
“This was a guy that had just wanton disregard for public safety.”
The search for Reagan kicked off last month when Carroll County deputies responded to a report of a possible domestic disturbance on County Road 450 near Romp Hole. As the deputies approached, they heard shouting and threats. When they came into visual contact with the suspect — whom they later identified as Reagan, shirtless and wearing a partial tactical rig — he pointed a semiautomatic rifle described by deputies as an AR platform at them and began firing.
The deputies took cover but were unable to return fire because of the proximity of the female subject whom deputies believe Reagan was planning to kill.
After firing eight or nine shots at the deputies, Reagan took off on foot, heading toward the river. As deputies worked to get the female subject to safety, Reagan fired off a second volley, using it as cover to get across the river.
Once the deputies had secured the female subject, they called in and requested backup to begin the search for Reagan.
Williams said both deputies and the female subject were uninjured.