2 Arkansas of­fi­cers cleared for duty af­ter shoot­ing

The Saline Courier - - COMICS - As­so­ci­ated Press

FAYET­TEVILLE — Two Fayet­teville po­lice of­fi­cers who fa­tally shot the man who killed a fel­low of­fi­cer last month can re­turn to duty af­ter an in­ves­ti­ga­tion ex­on­er­ated them of wrong­do­ing, the po­lice chief said.

Cpl. Seay Floyd and Of­fi­cer Natalie Eucce acted rea­son­ably, jus­ti­fi­ably and prop­erly when they fa­tally shot Lon­don Phillips on Dec. 7 af­ter he killed Of­fi­cer Stephen Carr out­side the po­lice head­quar­ters, Chief Mike Reynolds said in a state­ment Mon­day.

Carr, 27, was sit­ting in his pa­trol car in the po­lice sta­tion’s park­ing lot when Phillips, 35, be­gan to fire rounds at him, strik­ing the of­fi­cer 10 times, ac­cord­ing to sher­iff’s of­fi­cials.

Floyd and Eucce were in­side the po­lice sta­tion when they heard the gun­shots. They pur­sued Phillips and shot him six times, killing him.

The po­lice depart­ment’s Of­fice of Pro­fes­sional Stan­dards in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the con­duct of Floyd and Eucce ex­am­ined their state­ments, body-worn cam­era videos, build­ing se­cu­rity videos and phys­i­cal ev­i­dence, ac­cord­ing to the state­ment.

The Wash­ing­ton County Sher­iff’s Of­fice shared the in­ves­ti­ga­tion’s find­ings with Matt Dur­rett, a county pros­e­cu­tor, who de­ter­mined on Dec. 30 that the of­fi­cers’ ac­tions were justified and nec­es­sary.

The in­ves­ti­ga­tion is now com­pleted, the North­west Arkansas Democratga­zette re­ported Tues­day. The two of­fi­cers who were placed on paid ad­min­is­tra­tive leave will re­turn to work on their next sched­uled shifts, Sgt. An­thony Mur­phy said.

Af­ter the at­tack, po­lice spec­u­lated that Phillips shot Carr be­cause he was in­tent on killing a po­lice of­fi­cer.

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