A county police officer miraculously survived a shoot-out with an illegal alien assailant in Tontitown,Washington County, Arkansas. The trooper’s patrol vehicle was riddled with bullets after the 29-year-old Luis Cobos-Cenobio was stopped in his car during a routine traffic stop. Dramatic dashcam video footage shows Cobos-Cenobio stopping his car on the shoulder of the road, where he then exits the vehicle and begins firing rounds from a pistol at the officers. He then went back to his car and sped away after the wild roadside shootout.

Officer Brett Thompson escaped unharmed from the fusillade. One of the bullets fired by Cobos-Cenobio struck the officer in the shoulder. The video shows that Thompson fired back but missed. "We are so thankful Corporal Thompson, all other officers who were involved, as well as citizens who were in the areas of the incident, were unharmed," the sheriff's office said in a press release.

Driving off, Cobos-Cenobio then halted to allow a female passenger to leave the vehicle. As police watched, she approached with her hands up. When asked why Cobos-Cenobio fired the shots, she told officers that she did not know the reason. She has been released because no crime has been imputed to her.

Cobos-Cenobio was apprehended in a second altercation with police. He was found approximately 30 minutes after tangling with Officer Thompson, and once shot at police, officials said. Police followed him to nearby Fayetteville, where Arkansas State Police and Fayetteville Police cooperated and brought Cobos-Cenobio into custody.

The 29-year-old illegal alien was found to be wounded in the left arm and shoulder. He was taken to a nearby Northwest Medical Center for treatment before being handed over to police.

Cobos-Cenobio was detained by the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency on suspicion of being in the country illegally. He is facing a number of charges, including four counts of attempted capital murder, committing a terroristic act, fleeing, possession of a controlled substance, and possession of drug paraphernalia, according to police. He has been jailed on $500,000 bond, and has had a detainer placed on him by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 


 

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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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