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February 16, 2016

  The Arkansas State Police is investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred in Mena today.  Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division were requested by local law enforcement authorities to investigate the use of deadly force by a Mena Police Officer.

  At approximately 12:00 (noon) a Mena Police officer approached an individual identified as Shawn Henry Allen Dickens, 30, outside a local convenience store located at 1513 Reeves Avenue.

  During the encounter a physical altercation between the officer and Dickens evolved, leading to Dickens fleeing on-foot and dropping a handgun.

  Initial statements from police indicate Dickens turned to pick-up the gun and simultaneously commands were reportedly given by police for Dickens to stop and move away from the gun.

  The commands were reportedly ignored leading to the police officer to fire his gun.

  Dickens was transported to a local hospital where he died.  The body will be transported to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory for examination to determine the manner and cause of death.

  Questions relating to the identity of the local police at the shooting scene, the status of the officer, or information relating to the initial call that brought police to the store should be directed to the Mena Police Department.

  The Arkansas State Police will prepare an investigative file relating to the officer involved shooting.  The case file will be submitted to the prosecuting attorney to determine if the use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer was consistent with Arkansas laws.