|McDonald County Deputy Kenen Martinez|
A sheriff's deputy in McDonald County is recovering from a gunshot wound to the leg after being shot while off duty yesterday (10-19-10.)
Sheriff Robert Evenson say deputy Kenen Martinez, 24, radioed in a domestic disturbance call between his neighbors, who live in an apartment below him, about noon.
When Martinez went to Alvis Davis', 28, apartment the man slammed the door in his face and his girlfriend yelled out, "He's got a gun," according to Evenson. "I believe that warning saved my deputy's life."
According to Evenson, Martinez had responded to previous disturbances at the Sawmill Terrace apartment complex involving Davis, and Davis knew his neighbor was a deputy.
|Alvis Ray Davis (mug shot McCO)|
"He came out shooting and Kenen returned fire," said Evenson. Martinez was hit in the upper thigh near the femoral artery. Davis fled the scene in a pickup truck and deputies from McDonald County and Newton County began searching for him. Around 1 p.m., Newton County deputies spotted Davis' vehicle near State Highway 43 and Route DD where they had set up a roadblock and a chase ensued north on Highway 43.
Before Davis reached the roadblock his truck swerved off the road and crashed. When deputies approached the vehicle they discovered Davis dead from an apparent self inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
"It was very emotional for our staff to listen to radio traffic as to what was going on because Kenen's mother works her as a detective (Lorie Howard) and my office manager. Once we found out where Kenen was going I drove Lorie to the hospital. We're all thankful that Kenen's going to be okay - he was released from the hospital yesterday evening and I gave Lorie the day off to spend with her son." said Evenson.