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Police officer charged with domestic assault gets bond reduced

Zachary Purrington, 36, of Blytheville was arrested Oct. 8 in connection with an incident in...
Zachary Purrington, 36, of Blytheville was arrested Oct. 8 in connection with an incident in Mississippi County.(Source: Mississippi County Sheriff's Office)
Published: Oct. 9, 2021 at 11:46 AM CDT|Updated: Nov. 23, 2021 at 3:50 PM CST
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BLYTHEVILLE, Ark. (KAIT) - After spending the last six weeks behind bars on a $250,000 cash-only bond, a former Blytheville police officer had his bond reduced.

On Tuesday, Nov. 23, a Mississippi County circuit court judge reduced 36-year-old Zachary Purrington’s bond to $75,000 cash/surety.

Mississippi County sheriff’s deputies arrested Purrington on Oct. 8 on suspicion of aggravated robbery, kidnapping, terroristic threatening, and two counts of aggravated assault.

According to Blytheville Police Chief Ross Thompson, Purrington was off-duty when he reportedly threatened his girlfriend and her family member with a firearm following a break-up.

The firearm was his own personal property, was not discharged, and no one was injured, Thompson said.

Jonesboro police arrested Purrington on Oct. 9 at a local hospital. Since then he has been locked up in the Greene County Detention Center.

Prior to joining the Blytheville Police Department, Purrington was a Brookland police officer and detective.

Purrington’s next court date is set for Jan. 25.

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