Of­fi­cer-in­volved shoot­ing leaves 1 dead Mon­day

The Saline Courier - - FRONT PAGE - By Sarah Perry [email protected]­ton­courier.com

The Bryant Po­lice Depart­ment re­sponded to an of­fi­cer-in­volved shoot­ing at the Greens Apart­ment Com­plex on Mon­day.

Ac­cord­ing to Sgt. Todd Crow­son, spokesper­son for the Bryant Po­lice Depart­ment, of­fi­cers were orig­i­nally called to the apart­ment com­plex for a re­port of a sui­ci­dal per­son.

At the scene, the sub­ject shot a fe­male of­fi­cer be­fore be­ing shot and killed by a se­cond re­spond­ing of­fi­cer, Crow­son said.

The of­fi­cer who was in­jured was air­lifted to the Univer­sity of Arkansas for Med­i­cal Sci­ences where she is cur­rently un­der­go­ing treat­ment. Her con­di­tion is

un­known at this point, Crow­son said. Also, the names of the sub­ject, nor the of­fi­cer have been re­leased at this time.

Arkansas State Po­lice has taken over the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

In a state­ment posted to the Bryant Po­lice Depart­ment’s Face­book page, the depart­ment thanked ev­ery­one who has ex­pressed their sup­port for the in­jured of­fi­cer.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with the fam­i­lies and all those in­volved in this in­ci­dent. We will keep ev­ery­one up­dated of our of­fi­cer and her con­di­tion as we re­ceive it,” ac­cord­ing to the state­ment.

Prior to Mon­day, the last re­ported Bryant of­fi­cer-in­volved shoot­ing oc­curred April 2013 when former Bryant De­tec­tive Scott John­son re­sponded to Fred’s Su­per Dol­lar on Arkansas 5 for a re­port of a rob­bery. Dur­ing the in­ci­dent, John­son was shot by Thomas O’dell be­fore re­turn­ing fire, killing the sus­pect. Be­fore the 2013 shoot­ing, Bryant po­lice had not been in­volved in an of­fi­cer­in­volved shoot­ing since 2000.

Mon­day’s shoot­ing comes weeks af­ter a Fayet­teville po­lice of­fi­cer was shot 10 times while sit­ting in his pa­trol ve­hi­cle that was parked out­side the po­lice sta­tion at the time. Of­fi­cer Stephen Carr, 27, was killed by Lon­don T. Phillips, 35, of Fayet­teville, on Dec. 7. Af­ter a con­fronta­tion, two of­fi­cers shot and killed Phillips.

The last re­ported of­fi­cer­in­volved shoot­ing in Saline County took place in Fe­bru­ary 2017 when a Shan­non Hill po­lice of­fi­cer was re­spond­ing to a home near Red Hawk and Fal­con Cove. The in­di­vid­ual suf­fered in­jures that were not life threat­en­ing, ac­cord­ing to in­for­ma­tion re­leased by Arkansas State Po­lice at the time of the shoot­ing. Be­tween Oc­to­ber 2016 and Fe­bru­ary 2017, there were four of­fi­cer-in­volved shoot­ings in Saline County. Three of the shoot­ings in­volved Ben­ton of­fi­cers in which all three sub­jects were fa­tally wounded, in­clud­ing a man dur­ing a bank rob­bery at­tempt on Mil­i­tary Road. None of the of­fi­cers were in­jured dur­ing the in­ci­dents.

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