March 28, 2007 Edition

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Lynch back on job after case closed

Gretchen Hunt

The Arkansas State Police investigators have completed their work on a recent shooting incident near Powhatan, and Lawrence County Deputy Virgil Lynch is back on the job, according to Sheriff Dan Ellison.

Ellison said the state police turned over their findings to the prosecuting attorney's office, and Lynch was cleared to return to work last week.

Captain Jody Dotson of the Sheriff's Department said the man Lynch shot, Charles Fry, 52, of Dewitt, was apparently on the run from police.

Fry, who is a convicted felon, had a felony warrant out for his arrest and is currently on parole. In addition, meth was found at the scene.

The incident occurred when Lynch approached a motorcycle off in the woods shortly after 4 p.m. on March 8. At that time Fry emerged from the woods and pulled a gun on Lynch, according to Ellison.

Dotson said the man had apparently been in an accident earlier in the day on the motorcycle. The deputy was also injured in the incident and was taken to Lawrence Memorial then transferred to St. Bernards where he was treated and released.

Fry was taken to LMH, as well, then transported to The Med in Memphis. According to Dotson, Fry remains hospitalized but they received a report Monday morning that his condition is improving.

Lynch had been placed on paid administrative leave while the state police were conducting their investigation.

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