The man accused of shooting a Southaven police officer was taken into custody Tuesday night following a six-hour search in Arkansas.
Prior to allegedly shooting the Mississippi officer, police say Cody James Dimmett, 28, of Marietta, Georgia, reportedly fired gunshots into his neighbors’ home during a gathering, wounding a military veteran. 11Alive News reported that Dimmett was upset he wasn’t allowed to join a couples game night.
Arkansas State Police say Dimmett was taken into custody west of Forrest City near the Palestine community. Dimmett was arrested by law enforcement officers of the Arkansas State Police, St. Francis County Sheriff’s Department, FBI, Arkansas Game & Fish Commission and others who had participated in the search.
According to authorities, the search began about 1:30 p.m. after an Arkansas State Trooper spotted the car that was believed to have been taken at the shooting scene and attempted to stop the driver along Interstate 40 westbound near Forrest City. Dimmett fled from state police and abandoned the vehicle off St. Francis County Road 255.
Dimmett was finally apprehended about 7:30 PM near the location where he was last seen by the trooper.
The Southaven officer was released from the hospital Tuesday night with a non-life threatening gunshot wound to the arm.