Monday, January 25, 2016

TOP STORY >> First responder from Sherwood killed on Friday

Leader staff writer

Pulaski County Sheriff’s deputies Friday arrested Mark Eugene Pruitt, 47, of North Little Rock in the shooting death of Lt. Ronald Jason Adams, 29, of the Sherwood Fire Department.

Pruitt has been charged with manslaughter.

Adams was killed early Friday morning while responding to a medical call for the East Pulaski Volunteer Fire Department, where he also worked.

Adams was sent to Pruitt’s residence at 211 Dortch Loop in North Little Rock to help someone who was having a seizure.

Pulaski County sheriff’s deputies and North Little Rock police were notified of the shooting and found Adams with gunshot wounds at the scene.

He was shot soon after he arrived.

Adams was taken to Springhill Baptist Medical Center in North Little Rock and pronounced dead there.

Sherwood Fire Chief David Teague did not immediately return a call from The Leader, but the following, along with a photo, was posted on the Department’s Facebook page:

“It is with a heavy heart that we announce the loss of our brother, Lt. Jason Adams...Jason had a witty sense of humor and could make everyone laugh. He will be greatly missed. Please keep his family and friends in your prayers as we go through this hard time.”

Firefighters who knew Adams were also invited to Station 1 to visit or share stories about him.