Subject Identified In Arkansas State Police Shooting Investigation

The Arkansas State Police has identified James Edward Blackmon, 35, of St. Louis, Missouri, as the individual who was fatally wounded last night (Monday, July 30, 2018) in a gunfight with two Arkansas State Troopers and a Mississippi County Deputy.

Original Realease:

At approximately 6:57 PM yesterday (Monday, July 30, 2018) an Arkansas State Trooper patrolling Interstate 55 in Mississippi County near the 56 mile marker encountered a vehicle that had earlier been identified as being pursued by Missouri law enforcement officers.

The driver was stopped by Arkansas State Troopers, at which point the driver exited the vehicle and fled toward farm property. Two state troopers and a Mississippi County Sherriff’s Deputy pursued the individual on foot.

At that time the trooper deployed his K-9. The K-9 caught up with the individual, and made contact. The individual then fired a gun at the K-9, killing him.

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