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April 08, 2019

  The Arkansas State Police is investigating an overnight officer involved shooting incident that resulted in the death of Marzues Scott, 35, of Blytheville.

  Authorities within the Blytheville Police Department requested the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division to investigate the use of deadly force by one of its officers.

   A Blytheville police officer was dispatched at approximately 11:30 PM Sunday (April 7th) to a disturbance call at the Dodge’s convenience store located at 3605 South Division Street.

  Once at the scene of the disturbance the officer encountered the suspect, identified as Scott, across the street at the Deerfield Inn located at 1100 Kari Lane.  Scott allegedly attacked the officer and during a scuffle, the officer shot Scott who died later at a local hospital.  The officer sustained minor injuries during the attack.

  Questions relating to the identity of the officer and administrative status should be directed to the Blytheville Police Department.

  Scott’s body has been transported to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory to determine the manner and cause of death as well as collecting forensic evidence.

  Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division are preparing an investigative report to be submitted to the prosecuting attorney to determine whether use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer in this incident was consistent with Arkansas law.