Trial set for Ark. man charged with manslaughter in firefighter’s death

The man fatally shot a volunteer firefighter as he was responding to an emergency call

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A trial date for the man accused of killing a volunteer firefighter who responded to an emergency call has been set for late November. 

Mark Eugene Pruitt, 48, will take the stand Nov. 28 and faces charges of manslaughter, amidst accusations that the shot and killed firefighter Ronald Jason Adams, 29, reported the Arkansas Online.

Officials said Adams responded to a call about a man suffering a seizure at the Pruitt residence, and was shot inside. 

Adams volunteered for the East Pulaski Volunteer Fire Department and served as a lieutenant for the Sherwood Department. He responded to the call because he was the closest first responder available. 

Pruitt’s attorney, Christian Alexander, entered an innocent plea on his client’s behalf. He is scheduled to appear in court for his pretrial hearing in late October. 

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