Suspect in shooting of Drew County deputy found dead in apparent suicide

The body of a man suspected in the Wednesday night shooting of a Drew County deputy was discovered in a deer stand in Drew County about two miles from the suspect’s Cleveland County home, according to Drew County Sheriff Mark Gober.

Nicholas S. Bray, age unavailable, died of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound about six hours after he fired at Drew County Deputy Jeremy Chapman during a traffic stop.

As Chapman attempted to stop Bray’s pickup truck around 10:25 p.m. near the Brooks Quick Stop convenience store at the intersection of Gaines and McCloy streets on the east side of Monticello, Bray reportedly fired shots at Chapman, striking him twice, once in the left shoulder and once in the chest, missing his heart by one inch, according to Gober.

Though he had been shot, Chapman managed to return fire, striking the rear window of the pickup truck, Gober said.

After locating Bray’s truck at his residence in Cleveland County, Drew, Bradley, Cleveland, Chicot and Desha County deputies, State Police and Arkansas Department of Correction tracking dogs began to search the surrounding area.

About two hours later, law enforcement officers heard a gunshot from a deer stand located at the edge of a clearcut in Drew County about two miles from the Cleveland County line. Bray’s body was located in the deer stand. He died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound, Gober said.

Meanwhile, Chapman was transported by ambulance to Drew Memorial Hospital and then transferred to Jefferson Regional Medical Center, where he is in stable condition, according to Gober.