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February 15, 2018

   A Lonoke County woman was wounded late yesterday evening (February 14, 2018) after she reportedly fired a gun at local law enforcement officers who had responded to a call of shots being fired at 420 E. Holly Street.

   When Lonoke County Sheriff’s Deputies responded, they encountered Janie Bryant, age 62, who had barricaded herself inside the residence. Deputies soon requested the assistance of the Lonoke County Special Response Team, in order to assist in removing Bryant from her home. As the Lonoke County Special Response Team attempted to make entry into the home, Bryant reportedly fired a weapon at several times at the officers, who then fired wounding Bryant.

   Bryant was transported to a Little Rock hospital where she is reported to be in stable condition.

  The Lonoke County Sheriff’s Department requested the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division to conduct an investigation into the use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer. Upon completion of the investigation, a case file will be submitted to the Lonoke County prosecuting attorney for review.

  Any questions relating to the identity of the deputies, as well as their administrative status, should be directed to the Lonoke County Sherriff’s Office.