Arkansas State Police personnel were honored at an annual awards ceremony on Tuesday, June 29. Each award was based on documented facts as prescribed by Arkansas State Police policy. The awards were presented based on acts of service during calendar year 2020 or as criminal investigations of incidents were formally closed.
The awards were presented by Colonel Bill Bryant, Director of the Arkansas State Police, and Leslie Rutledge, Arkansas Attorney General.
Corporal Andrew Ault, 34, of Garland County, and Corporal Eric Wold, 40, of Sebastian County were awarded the Trooper’s Cross for their roles in a 12-hour long stand-off at a St. Francis County residence where an armed man wanted on a felony charge of terroristic threatening had vowed to kill anyone who attempted to arrest him.
On May 18, 2020, the St. Francis County Sheriff’s Department relinquished command in the stand-off to the Arkansas State Police SWAT team. Team members took up positions and within 90 minutes fired on by the wanted suspect.
Corporal Wold ordered the suspect to drop his gun leading the suspect to again fire at Wold, who returned fire prompting the suspect to retreat into the residence.
As the SWAT team began preparing to deploy a chemical irritant into the house, the suspect was repeatedly asked to exit the residence through the garage, unarmed, and with his hands raised above his head.
The suspect moved to the rear of the residence and exited through a back door and still believe to be armed. As the suspect began to make a move as to raise a gun he was shot by Corporal Ault.
Congratulations Corporal Eric Wold!