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Arkansas murder suspect shot and killed following pursuit in Oxford

A man who was wanted in connection with an Arkansas murder was shot and killed following a pursuit in Oxford on Friday.

According to a report by KAIT out of Jonesboro, Ark., Hunter Carlstrom, 33, was shot and killed by US Marshals on South Lamar Boulevard. The incident occurred near the Azalea Drive intersection and the Oxford Farms subdivision sometime late Friday morning.

KAIT also reported that Carlstrom’s wife, who was in the vehicle with him was apprehended at the scene.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is in charge of the investigation. The United States Marshals Service and MBI were originally going to host a press conference on Friday afternoon, but canceled it.

The EAGLE spoke with Joe Miller of MBI out of Batesville, who could not confirm all that KAIT’s report stated, as told to them by US Marshal Bob Clark, as fact.

Lafayette assistant baseball coach Jordan Poole was with his wife, Lafayette volleyball coach Kelsi Poole, at Children’s Clinic of Oxford for a checkup appointment when the incident began.

Poole said he had walked outside to put his daughter in her carseat and heard what he described as a “light argument.” Then Poole said he heard sirens that made him think first responders were responding to a fire nearby.

“I heard those voices getting louder, and when I turned the corner, it was literally what you see in a movie scene,” Poole said. “They had the main suspect’s car pulled to the corner of road, kind of pinned so he couldn’t (escape). I don’t know how many, but there were officers with their guns drawn and by that time, I’ve got my daughter in my hand, and so I go back inside.”

Once Poole heard the officers yell for the suspect to get their hands up, he went back into the pediatrician’s office. As soon as he got back inside, he said he heard “probably 10 or 12 shots” fired.

“Nobody in Oxford expects anything to happen, so the people inside were nonchalant. I’m the only one somewhat in a panic,” Poole said. “I told them, ‘That’s gunshots,’ and they got everybody in (windowless) rooms.”

Poole said the people in the clinic were put into rooms without windows while the nurses and doctors secured the building. No bullets strayed or entered the building, as Poole said the gunfire was “contained” to the suspect’s vehicle.

A U.S. Marshal was shot in the exchange with the suspect and was taken to Baptist Memorial Hospital-North Mississippi. Miller would not confirm how many times the Marshal was shot and was not able to provide an update on the Marshal’s condition.

The suspect was wanted in connection to a murder in Lawrence County, Ark., which occurred earlier this month, according to KAIT’s report.

This is a developing story, and more information will be provided as it becomes available.

This article was written by Jake Thompson of The Oxford Eagle.