Soldier shot nine times during deadly Little Rock attack in 2009, arrested for terroristic threatening

Quinton Ezeagwula after being awarded the Purple Heart last summer. (Facebook)

One of the soldiers who was shot outside a Little Rock Army recruiting center seven years ago was arrested over the weekend for threatening police officers.

Police say 25-year-old Quinton Ezeagwula was reportedly drunk when he refused to leave a Little Rock McDonald’s  Saturday night and became “very aggressive”.  He was arrested on suspicion of disorderly conduct and public intoxication.

The arrest report says Ezeagwula told the cops that he would find them and “break their necks”.

According to Arkansas Online, Ezeagwula was charged with two counts of terroristic threatening. He bonded out of Pulaski County jail, but did not respond to any media calls as of late Sunday night.

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Then former Army private garnered national media attention after he was severely wounded in an attack at the Little Rock Army-Navy Career Center. in June 2009.

He and Pvt. William Andrew Long stepped outside the recruiting center to have a cigarette when Abdulhakim Muhammad opened fire on them. Long was killed in the attack. Ezeagwula was shot nine times and still has shrapnel in his head and chest.

During a ceremony last summer at the state Capitol, Ezeagwula was awarded the Purple Heart. He says he had to hold back tears when his medal was pinned to him and “fought a feeling of sadness that his friend and fellow enlistee, Long, wasn’t there to share the honor.”

“I still feel like a regular person. I don’t feel like no hero or anything like that,” said Ezeagwula. “And I don’t really want you to consider me as a hero either. That don’t make me too comfortable. … Andy, he’s the hero to me. He saved my life.”

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