The Sentinel-Record/Grace Brown SUSPECT IN CUSTODY: Officers with Arkansas State Police and LifeNet personnel place Davy Wayne Rollins, 46, center, wearing a protective suit, into a patrol unit after he surrendered following a more than 10-hour standoff at the Combs Mobile Home Park, Unit 15, at 1780 E. Grand Ave., on Sunday

The Sentinel-Record/Grace Brown SUSPECT IN CUSTODY: Officers with Arkansas State Police and LifeNet personnel place Davy Wayne Rollins, 46, center, wearing a protective suit, into a patrol unit after he surrendered following a more than 10-hour standoff at the Combs Mobile Home Park, Unit 15, at 1780 E. Grand Ave., on Sunday

Suspect fires twice at SWAT team during lengthy standoff

By Grace Brown
This article was published May 14, 2018 at 4:00 a.m.

A Hot Springs man was arrested without incident Sunday afternoon following a multiagency standoff that lasted more than 10 hours, during which he reportedly fired two shots at members of the Hot Springs Police Department's SWAT team.

Davy Wayne Rollins, 46, of Hot Springs, was taken into custody at around 2:30 p.m. at his residence, 1780 E. Grand Ave., Unit 15, and charged with felony aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer, punishable by up to six years in prison, felony second-degree domestic battery, due to the victim's age, punishable by up to 10 years in prison, and terroristic threatening.

"At this time it is pending, but the aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer charge may be upgraded to attempted murder of a law enforcement officer," Hot Springs police said in a news release.

Rollins remains in custody at the Garland County Detention Center with a bond set at $153,500. As of Sunday afternoon, a court date had not been set.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Hot Springs police responded to a report of criminal mischief at Combs Mobile Home Park, 1780 E. Grand Ave., in reference to vehicles being damaged, at around 11 p.m. Saturday. Responding officers were reportedly unable to locate a suspect at that time.

"The Hot Springs Police Department was called again about 4 o'clock this morning in reference to a domestic battery where Mr. Rollins had allegedly struck some family members with a pistol," said Hot Springs police Cpl. Kirk Zaner.

"He was coming up on my property in a motorized wheelchair and he started falling down the hill. He then abandoned his wheelchair, which ended up hitting another trailer, got out of that, and then ran in, that was around 3 a.m.," said Combs Mobile Home Park resident Crystal Wall.

Once they arrived, officers learned that Rollins had gone to the residence and allegedly struck his father-in-law and niece with a firearm, injuring both. Responding officers located Rollins in the area, but he reportedly fled.

"A foot pursuit ensued and at some point in the pursuit, Rollins (allegedly) threatened to shoot the police officers. Rollins made it back to the trailer but by that point, all of the family members that were inside the trailer made it out," Zaner said.

Patrol officers set up a perimeter around the trailer and gave Rollins numerous commands to leave the home using a loudspeaker. He reportedly refused despite several attempts to communicate with him, the release said.

The Hot Springs police SWAT team was activated at around 5:30 a.m. and took control of the scene. Residents of nearby trailers were evacuated for their safety, it said.

"At that point, they made several attempts to communicate and threw three 'hot box' phones into the trailer," Zaner said.

According to the release, crisis negotiators also made continuous attempts to contact Rollins, which all failed.

The SWAT team deployed tear gas into the trailer as communication attempts continued without a response from Rollins, the release said.

At 7:30 a.m., SWAT officers entered the residence through the front door and Rollins reportedly fired two shots at them. One bullet reportedly pierced the front door, but the release and Zaner said no officers were hit by gunfire.

"My understanding is they (SWAT officers) did not have a visual on the suspect when they shots were fired. They came from the back of the trailer," Zaner said.

The SWAT team backed out and continued to put tear gas into the trailer and attempted to communicate with Rollins, according to the release.

After numerous attempts to make contact with Rollins and drive him out with tear gas failed, police contacted Arkansas State Police, which activated its SWAT team and brought additional resources to the scene, according to the release.

Verbal commands, a robot with a camera attached, and additional rounds of tear gas were continuously used until the ASP SWAT team decided to move in on the residence, Zaner said.

A loud explosion could be heard on scene as Arkansas State Police breached the trailer's front door and the side of the trailer using breaching equipment called a "bearcat."

"They did make contact with Mr. Rollins and he eventually came out, surrendered, and he is now in custody. No one was injured in this other than the domestic battery victims but they will be OK," Zaner said.

Local on 05/14/2018
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