A former Mountainburg mayor and police chief’s son is being held on a $20,000 bond on suspicion of beating his father with an ax handle.

Ralph Bryant, who has served as both police chief and mayor for Mountainburg, remained in critical condition Wednesday after he received serious injuries during a suspected altercation with his 17-year-old son.

Mountainburg police and Crawford County deputies responded Tuesday to the 900 block of Cedar Street in Mountainburg in response to a call of a man down with injuries.

Bryant suffered multiple lacerations to the face and a fractured right eye socket, said officer Andrew McIntosh with the Mountainburg Police Department.

He was taken to Sparks in Van Buren before being medevaced to Washington Regional Medical Center on Tuesday, police said.

"A wooden ax handle was used," McIntosh said. "He was struck multiple times in the head."

Mountainburg police took Bryant’s son into custody Tuesday, McIntosh said. He appeared in court Friday morning and is being held in the Yell County Juvenile Detention Center.

McIntosh said the juvenile is facing an attempted murder charge. Prosecutors said Friday that the 17-year-old may be charged as an adult.

After undergoing emergency surgery, Bryant was in critical but stable condition on Wednesday, McIntosh said.

The incident is currently under investigation.