At about 4:30 p.m. on Oct. 18, the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Office responded to 2109 Batesville Pike Road in reference to a shooting. The victim, Tony Kiehl, was shot in the upper chest and arm. The suspect, Gabriel Jaquez, was armed with a shotgun and left the scene in a red Honda Civic. The Civic was later determined to have been stolen from a residence on Antler Way.
According to a report issued by the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department, responding deputies observed the Civic leaving the area and attempted to make a traffic stop on the vehicle. The vehicle refused to stop and a pursuit was initiated. The Arkansas State Police were requested to assist.
As the pursuit traveled through North Little Rock and into the county on Highway 70, the State Police vehicle terminated the pursuit by performing a PIT maneuver on the suspect vehicle.
The PIT maneuver is a pursuit tactic by which a pursuing vehicle can force a fleeing vehicle to abruptly turn sideways, causing the driver to lose control and stop. The term “PIT” has a number of different meanings, depending on the agency using it or school teaching it. The most common meanings are: Precision Immobilization Technique, Pursuit Immobilization Technique, Pursuit Intervention Technique, Push It Tough, Parallel Immobilization Technique, and Precision Intervention Tactic.
According to the sheriff department report, the suspect vehicle spun into a chain link fence and then traveled into an adjacent used car lot (business) where it came to rest after striking a parked vehicle.
The suspect, Jaquez, was taken into custody at that point. A shotgun was recovered from the vehicle. Jaquez was transported by MEMS to Baptist Health in North Little Rock. Kiehl was transported by MEMS to UAMS in Little Rock. The exact charges for Jaquez are pending at this point pending the completion of the investigation.
Investigating county officers reported that when they arrived at the shooting scene at 2109 Batesville Pike they saw Kiehl sitting down underneath a carport cover next to a vehicle, in front of 2103B Batesville Pike. Kiehl was conscious and bleeding from his right side of his abdomen and right arm.
Officers also made contact with Troy Kiehl, Heather Lamsom, and Teresa Cox, who were standing in the front yard of their residence of 2109 Batesville Pike. Police advised Lamsom and Cox to stay outside of the crime scene tape but remain near patrol units as they witnessed a portion of the incident. Deputies also made contact with Ulises Arias, who was also a witness to the incident at 7 Antler Way Court.
All witnesses were advised that deputies would want to interview them.