Officer Involved Shooting
On Tuesday, January 21, 2020, at approximately 9:14 AM, Pope County 911 received a report of an individual walking down State Highway 105, near Avenue 3 Southeast in Atkins, armed with a handgun, exhibiting aggressive behavior, pointing the weapon at passing motorists.
An officer with the Atkins Police Department responded and made contact with the individual who immediately began firing at the officer. After the initial gunfire, the suspect fled on foot into a wooded area east of State Highway 105, where additional responding officers immediately set up a perimeter and began a manhunt for the suspect.
As officers encountered the suspect again, the suspect again fired at officers who returned fire, fatally wounding the suspect. No responding officers were injured during the incident.
The investigation into the incident has been turned over to the Criminal Investigation Division of the Arkansas State Police, who will present their findings to the Prosecuting Attorney of the 5th Judicial District. No other information will be released at this time.