The Deputy leaves behind a wife and four children.
NEAR MONTICELLO, Ark. – A deputy with the Drew County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) has been killed in the line of duty after a chase that ended in a crash early Thursday morning.
The Arkansas State Police (ASP) says Timothy Braden, 29, a husband and father of four, died in the wreck after losing control of the car just outside Monticello along Barkada Road.
Deputy Braden had begun the pursuit around 1:35 a.m. after initiating a traffic stop in which the driver refused to pull over, the ASP said in a news release.
The driver has been identified as Samuel Vincent, 23, of Monticello. The ASP says he was injured in the wreck but was later taken into custody.
On Thursday afternoon, Thomas Deen, 10th Judicial District Prosecuting Attorney, released the criminal summons filed against Vincent, stating these charges:
Murder, First Degree
Fleeing with Serious Injury
Possession of Schedule VI Controlled Substance with Purpose to Deliver (more than 4 oz. of marijuana)
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
An investigation of the crash and pursuit is underway involving both the Arkansas State Police Highway Patrol Division and Criminal Investigation Division. The ASP investigation is being conducted at the request of authorities within the Drew County Sheriff’s Office, according to the ASP news release.
Drew County Sheriff Mark Gober describes Deputy Braden as having spunk and being a pit bull when getting criminals off the street.
A statement from the Drew County Sheriff’s Office reads as follows:
“It is with a heavy heart that the Drew County Sheriff’s Department announces the passing of one of their own, Deputy Timothy Braden, 29. He was killed this morning in the line of duty following a motor vehicle pursuit that ended in a crash just outside of Monticello along Barkada Road.
He leaves behind a wife, Alyssa, and four children, Drake, Mallory, Adilynn and Sophie. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Braden family during this very difficult time.”
Governor Asa Hutchinson issued the following statement regarding Deputy Braden’s death:
“It is always a difficult day when I hear of the loss of one of Arkansas’ finest. I am deeply saddened to learn that Deputy Timothy Braden was killed in the line of duty early this morning. Deputy Braden’s life was cut short in service to the people of our state. My prayers and gratitude are with Deputy Braden’s family and with the law enforcement community for their selfless commitment to serve and protect the people of our state, even in times of danger.”
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