West Memphis Man in Jail After High-Speed Chase, Shootout
(West Memphis, AR) – A bullet casing picked up by Glen Briner was evidence left over from a wild ride in West Memphis late Saturday night.
He witnessed the whole thing. Briner was at home with his wife when he heard police sirens coming closer.
“[They] chased him down the road and made the turn,” said Briner. “He tried to turn around and that’s when they blocked him in and rammed the door and started firing.”
Briner says West Memphis Police were in a shootout with a man in a Ford Crown Victoria at the end of his driveway.
“It was over as quick as it started,” said Briner. “It sounded more like about 10 rounds to me. I wouldn’t have ever thought there would have been 27 rounds fired. It happened so quickly,” he added.
A source close to the investigation says the whole thing started when 23-year-old Alex Scott Roberts allegedly shot a woman and beat up another at a home in the Arrington Estates neighborhood.
Roberts then apparently led police on a high-speed chase through town ending up at Avalon and Danner Avenue.
Roberts allegedly rammed the police car and began firing at officers. That’s when officers fired back. Thankfully, no one got hit. They arrested Roberts and took him to the Crittenden County Jail.
Briner does not like this kind of thing happening in his community. He says with a high speed chase and that many gunshots, people can easily get hurt.
“It was just us two here and we were both okay,” said Briner. “The rest of the stuff with holes in it, you can fix anything else.”
Roberts has apparently been charged with as many 16 charges, ranging from aggravated robbery up to four counts of murder for hire.
West Memphis Police would not offer a comment on Sunday. News Channel 3 hopes to get their side of the story on Monday.