Sheriff: Arrest made after shots fired in ambush; man charged with attempted capital murder

Photo: Matthew Garner

Izard County authorities have made an arrest following an incident earlier this week in which shots were fired in what is described as an ambush.

Izard County Sheriff Jack Yancey says in a Facebook post officers from his department and Arkansas State Police took 32-year-old Matthew P. Garner of Sage into custody Friday. Sage is charged with attempted capital murder, a Class Y felony, and first-degree felony battery. Class Y felonies are the most serious classification of crimes in Arkansas not punishable by death. Garner was taken into custody at his residence.

Sheriff Yancey says the charges arise out of an incident Wednesday at an address on Knob Creek Road in Melbourne. He says Kyle Cantrell of that address was shot three times from ambush in the early morning hours, as he was leaving for work. Cantrell was the manager of the local Sonic, and Garner had been employed there before being dismissed by Cantrell.

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