Mountain Home – (Ammoland.com) – An Arkansas Game and Fish Commission wildlife officer helped defuse a potentially dangerous situation last week in Mountain Home. Wildlife Officer Cpl. Doug Small was on daily patrol Feb. 5, when he heard radio traffic about a pursuit on U.S. Highway 62 in Baxter County . . .
Jerry Dean Hopper Jr., 41, led enforcement officers on the chase that ended at a house on Hopper Road with Hopper barricading himself inside. After the chase, enforcement officers said Hopper was reportedly armed and negotiations for his surrender had begun.
Small knew Hopper personally and went to the house. After about 10 minutes of negotiations, Small asked to speak to Hopper. “I walked out into the open and addressed him by name,” Small explained. Small said Hopper responded by saying, “Doug Small, I’m glad there is someone here that I can trust.”
Small said he was able to get Hopper to unlock the door and let him in. “I knew I needed to get him out of sight of all the law enforcement to settle him down. I told him to come downstairs and unlock the door and let me in where we could talk face to face,” Small explained. “We talked about what was going on with him and at one point we retrieved guitars out of the bedroom and began to play them,” he said.
After several minutes of conversation, Small told Hopper they were going to go outside the home. “I notified all officers outside that we were coming out. I walked him to my truck, put him in the passenger’s seat, put his seatbelt on him, and headed toward the Baxter County Detention Center,” Small said.
At the detention center, Small escorted Hopper and stayed with him until he was booked. “Before I left we went into a private room and had more conversation. I told him that I would be there to help him find counseling and help him through this situation,” Small said.