Union County man shot after threatening to ‘kill cops’

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A Union County man sustained non-life threatening injuries after getting shot in his vehicle in the parking lot of the Union County Detention Center on Friday.

According to Arkansas State Police, Emmett Maroney of Strong struck a deputy with the rear bumper of his car while backing out of the parking lot. Police say the 66-year-old then accelerated forward and directed the car toward two other deputies who were approaching the vehicle. The law enforcement officers fired their guns at the car and struck Maroney.

Maroney was taken to a local hospital and then released into sheriff’s custody, according to police.

Frank Lucchesi

Earlier that morning, Maroney was allegedly stopped by a sheriff’s office employee at around 9:15 a.m. when Maroney tried to enter a restricted access part of the detention center. When Maroney was escorted by a deputy from the sheriff’s office lobby, police say Maroney say in his personal vehicle parked outside the sheriff’s office over the next two hours.

At 11:18 a.m., an individual contacted the sheriff’s office stating that when she parked her vehicle near Maroney’s, he warned her not to go in. Police say the woman allegedly said Maroney told her he was, “going inside to kill cops and you might not want to go inside.”

The Union County Sheriff’s Office has requested special agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division to document the chain of events and prepare a report for the Union County prosecuting attorney’s office. The prosecuting attorney will then determine whether the use of deadly force by the sheriff’s office’s deputies was consistent with Arkansas law.