Police Officer Struck By Gunfire, Partner Returns Fire And Renders Aid

 May 10, 2021

Domestic disturbance calls are often full of hostility, with the reporting party being scared for their lives, while the other party continues their hostility or acts like nothing is going on.

Officers try to diffuse the situation and find a resolution. Instead of bringing a resolution to the call, two Arkansas officers found themselves under fire.

Domestic Disturbance Call

Two Prairie Grove Police Department officers along with two Farmington Police Department went to a home on Thurman Street in response to a domestic disturbance call on May 4th. According to PGPD Chief Chris Workman, they tried to go into one of the bedrooms and quickly came under gunfire.

The suspect was wielding a handgun and a shotgun. Officer Thomas Franks was hit by the gunman's bullets three times in the upper legs and pelvic area.

According to the department's press release, Officer Andrew Gibson fired back at the gunman. He shot about four rounds.


Nickolas Colbert, 42, pulled back into the bedroom. Gibson worked to pull Franks from the home and began rendering first aid, applying two tourniquets.

Workman said, "This immediate action is credited with saving Officer Tyler Frank's life." Franks was taken to Washington Regional Medical Center, where he had multiple surgeries that evening.

"He is currently in ICU and reported to be in stable condition," said Chief Workman.

The shooter, Colbert, was caught by the Emergency Response Team at 9:45 p.m. Colbert was taken to the Washington Regional Medical Center for surgery as well. He also is in stable condition.

Long recovery

Per department policy, Gibson is on paid administrative leave since it was an officer-involved shooting. The Washington County Sheriff's Office is heading the investigation.

Workman stated during a press conference that Frank's family is "hopeful" that he will make a full recovery.

“Though it looks like it will be a pretty tough road ahead. We believe he will overcome this, and he will be back at it. We would like to thank all surrounding agencies for their response, cooperation, and professionalism. We are truly blessed by the support we are receiving."

Chief Chris Workman

Protecting Each Other

While officers have a sworn duty to protect the public, they also have a duty to protect one another. If Officer Gibson did not move as quickly as he did and employ his first aid training, Officer Franks might not still be with us.

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17 comments on “Police Officer Struck By Gunfire, Partner Returns Fire And Renders Aid”

  1. Good thing they didn't send in social workers from the BLM to handle the situation. We don't need police officers anymore, not. Thanks to our brave police officers. We need them more than ever and always will.

  2. Yes, it takes a special breed to be a Police Officer and I am glad and thankful that some aspire to this position. My condolences to all involved.

  3. What happened to the scum bag? I am hoping he didn't survive. To the officers, I hope all goes very well for the both of you.

  4. The men and women in blue are heroes. They definitely don’t get paid enough for what they go through day-in and day-out. Their is no respect for la enforcement. In today’s anti-police world by crooks and politicians. Police need to shoot first and then ask questions. Lock & Load

  5. Thank the Lord this officer is still with us! His partner was indeed a blessing... these folks have a job l could not do and they are verbally attacked every day, and way too often physically abused as well! I pray for both officers and their loved ones. I can't imagine seeing your loved one off to work each day not knowing if you will see them again. Lots of sacrifices in being a police officer!

  6. I totally agree with all the post I have read. I makes me proud to support our police even though I am call racist for it by my own family. I will stand with them always.

    1. Only liberals like to play the race card.......They just don't count when the make inane comments.....The biggest racists of all times are the BLM & liberals..............Sorry to hear you stand with them tho, as you could make them realize that the Police and CPL holders are the good guys..........The ones that are not worth 2 cents are the illegals and the terrorists that buy their guns off a panel truck or basement.

  7. I'm really sick of the democrats and others who want to defund the police. They are out there risking their lives everyday protecting us and they are not getting the respect they deserve. What would
    happen if there were police and a murder of your loved lone was committed, who would you call?
    A democrat, good luck with that. The police need more money and be able to arrest the bad guys with no penalty to them. There probably is bad police in every city, but that doesn't mean you have to get rid of all of them.


  9. I can't stand a coward. While reading the post I noticed that the guy that shot the police officers took his own life. I'm glad he's dead. But I wish he had of been man enough to take the bullets like those police officers.

  10. I can't stand a coward. As I read the post I noticed that the guy that shot the police officers killed himself. Such a coward. Glad he won't be around to shoot anyone else.

  11. I would like to see a social worker handle this incident. Thank GOD for the men and women who are brave enough to be Police Officers. What would we do without them. God bless and protect them.

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