On Sunday, December 5th, at 2:24pm, the 911 call center received a threatening phone call made by an unknown suspect. Contained within the phone call were specific references made by the suspect leading investigators to believe the suspect was a middle aged black male. The unknown suspect threatened to kill a police officer before the end of 2010. Suspect stated he would “kill a pig” at a stop sign or red light. The 911 call was traced back to a payphone located in the 2400 block of Jefferson Avenue
On Wednesday, December 8, 2010 a local news agency received a similar phone call where the caller again made references to “killing a pig”. During this phone call the suspect again used similar specific references leading investigators to believe it was the suspect from the previous 911 call.
After the second phone call, a description of the references and a recording of the suspect’s voice from the original 911 threat was disseminated to area officers. A member of the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department’s Special Operations Unit remembered an incident from June of this year in which he encountered a suspicious black male identified as Bryan Wysinger, who had attempted to conceal his true identity, and believed he could possibly be the suspect.
Further investigation by detectives positively identified the suspect as Bryan Wysinger, B/M 02-20-63. The investigation revealed that Wysinger made at least two telephone calls to the Texarkana Communications Center and a local news agency threatening to kill a law enforcement officer
On Thursday, December 9th, 2010 Wysinger was arrested in the 1700 block of Garland Street, on felony charges of Terroristic Threatening and Interference with a Law Enforcement Officer.
Chief Robert Harrison issued the following statement;
“We took this threat very seriously and detectives did an exceptional job in developing suspect information, as there were no credible leads in the beginning for investigators to follow. All law enforcement officers in the Texarkana Metro area were placed on high alert and they were extra vigilant in performing their patrol duties.”
“Officers throughout the United States are killed on a weekly basis. We will follow every lead and leave no stone unturned until we find these kind of cowardly individuals that threaten to ambush a police officer.”
“I am asking for an excessively high bond and will do everything within my authority to see that Wysinger spends as much time as possible in the Arkansas Department of Corrections.”
Thank you and you can visit the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department online at http://www.txkusa.org/arkpolice.
Officer Kristi Mitchell
Public Information Officer
903-798-3187 (office) 903-824-4199 (cell)