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State Trooper Kills Suspect in Crawford Co.

A Winslow man who allegedly tried to choke a state trooper was shot and killed in Crawford County Saturday night. Wayne Snyder, 28, was shot by Trooper Michael ...

A Winslow man who allegedly tried to choke a state trooper was shot and killed in Crawford County Saturday night.

Wayne Snyder, 28, was shot by Trooper Michael Bowman after he allegedly got into a fight with the trooper during a traffic stop, state police say.

Trooper Bowman was patrolling five miles north of Alma when he tried to stop a vehicle for speeding on Highway 71 around 11:30 p.m., according to a state police report.

Police say Snyder got out of the vehicle and ran away. The trooper chased Snyder for nearly a quarter mile before catching up with him in the backyard of an abandoned mobile home, police say.

Snyder allegedly resisted arrest and a fight ensued. Snyder began to choke Trooper Bowman, according to state police.

“As Snyder moved on top of Trooper Bowman, the Trooper was able to reach his handgun and fire the weapon striking Snyder,” the report states.

Snyder was pronounced dead at the scene.

Trooper Bowman was treated and released at a nearby hospital. He has been placed on administrative leave pending the review of the incident.

State police say their review will be turned over to Prosecuting Attorney Marc McCune for consideration.

5NEWS found a 28-year-old Chris Wayne Snyder from Winslow listed on the Arkansas Sex Offender registry.

The site says Snyder was convicted of attempted sexual abuse and was listed as a level three sex offender, which means he has a criminal with history of repeat sexual offending or has strong violent predatory personality characteristics.

Although Snyder has the same name, age, and address as the man shot to death by an Arkansas State Police trooper, officials have not confirmed it's the same person.