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STATE POLICE REQUESTED TO INVESTIGATE POPE COUNTY OFFICER INVOLVED SHOOTING

December 01, 2016

  The Pope County Sheriff’s Department has requested the Arkansas State Police to investigate a shooting incident involving deputies and a local resident.

  At approximately 3:10 PM sheriff’s deputies responded to a call of an armed disturbance in the Dover community located at 2213 Morgan Road.

  On their arrival the deputies were confronted by an armed man.  The deputies say they made verbal commands for the individual to drop the gun, but he moved to cover and opened fire directed toward the deputies.

  At least one deputy returned fire and struck the man who was then transported to St. Mary’s Regional Medical Center in Russellville where he later died.

  No sheriff’s deputies were injured.

  Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division are leading the investigation at the request of the sheriff’s department.

  At this time (Thursday evening, December 1, 2016) no further release of information is planned by the Arkansas State Police.

  An updated news release will be distributed Friday, December 2nd.