Multiple Officer Involved Shootings

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Arkansas State Police are investigating three officer involved shootings in Trumann, Pine Bluff and Van Buren.

Authorities of the Trumann Police Department have asked for the assistance of the Arkansas State Police in the investigation of an officer involved shooting that occurred early Friday morning.

Trumann Police Chief Chad Henson was contacted about 10 AM by an individual identified as Johnny Kelley, 49, who resides near Trumann.

According to an initial statement provided to state police special agents, Chief Henson was asked to come by Kelley’s residence. Once there, Chief Henson approached the door of the residence and Kelley fired at Henson with a gun.

Chief Henson survived the shot and returned fire, killing Kelley.

Kelley’s body is being submitted to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory to determine the manner and cause of death.

The investigation being prepared by the state police will be submitted to the prosecuting attorney to determine if the use of deadly force by the chief was consistent with Arkansas law.

Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division are investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred at approximately 8:15 PM Friday involving officers of the Pine Bluff Police Department.

Local police officers were initially dispatched to a disturbance in the area of West Roane Avenue.  Upon their arrival in the neighborhood, the officers encountered an individual identified as Danny Lee, 34, of Pine Bluff outside a residence at 1522 Willow Street.  Lee was brandishing a gun.

According to initial statements made to special agents, the officers attempted to take Lee into custody, however he raised a gun pointing it at the officers. The officers fired their weapons striking Lee.  Lee was pronounced dead at the scene. The body will be sent to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory to determine cause and manner of death.

No law enforcement officer were injured during the incident. Questions relating to the identity of the local law enforcement officers or their administrative status should be directed to the Pine Bluff Police Department

Upon completion of the investigation, state police special agents will submit an investigative file to the Jefferson County prosecuting attorney for consideration to determine whether use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer was justified as defined by Arkansas laws.

Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division are investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred at approximately 12:42am Sunday morning at a residence in Van Buren, Crawford County.

Officers with the Van Buren Police Department responded to a disturbance at the residence of 2209 Granite Circle. Upon arrival the officers made contact with an individual identified as Johnny Fisher, 68, of Van Buren.

According to initial statements made at the scene, officers asked Fisher to step out of the residence. Fisher refused, brandished a gun and fired at officers, striking one of them. Both officers returned fire, killing Fisher.

Fisher’s body will be transported to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory to determine the manner and cause of death.

The Van Buren Police Officer that was injured was transported to an area hospital where he was treated for his injuries, and released. Questions relating to the identity of law enforcement personnel or their administrative status should be directed to the Van Buren Police Department..

Upon completion of the investigation, state police special agents will submit an investigative file to the Crawford County prosecuting attorney for consideration to determine whether use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer was justified as defined by state laws.

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