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PB officer shoots another officer, mistaking him for suspect, police say

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was published January 24, 2014 at 7:29 a.m.

A Pine Bluff patrol officer shot a colleague early Friday after mistaking him for an armed suspect while investigating an unsecured door at business where authorities were conducting surveillance, officials said.

It happened about 5 a.m. at the Tobacco Outlet at 3800 S. Camden Road, where several burglaries had recently been reported.

Lt. David E. Price said officers were inside "conducting surveillance" because of the recent crimes there when a patrol officer spotted an unsecured door and went to investigate "unaware the other officers were inside."

"When the patrol officer entered the business to check it, he came into contact with a dark figure, which was one of the surveillance officers, holding a weapon," Price said in a statement. "A shot was fired and the surveillance officer was struck in the arm."

Price said he couldn't comment on where the communication broke down between the surveillance officers and the officer who opened fire.

"I'm not at liberty to say on that, it's part of the investigation," Price said. "I don't know the circumstances that surround it. That's what they're working on now try to find out."

The officer who was shot was treated and released for a non-life-threatening injury.

Police have not released either officers' name as the investigation into what happened continues and Price said he couldn't release their time on the force either. The officer who fired the shot is on paid administrative leave.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... January 24, 2014 at 8:01 a.m.

I can just understand the Officer investigating the open door, and some body on the inside saying, “Hey we're cops. ???
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Or when the cops in the middle of the night are kicking in a door of a house, running in screaming that they are cops. Then comes Morning and the address is some what not right ???

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phoenix1 says... January 24, 2014 at 8:25 a.m.

I guess it's easier to shoot first and ask questions later than to say, "Police, drop your weapons and put your hands in the air."

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hah406 says... January 24, 2014 at 8:44 a.m.

By the time you get "Police, drop your weapons..." out of your mouth when facing an armed suspect, he has already shot you first.

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phoenix1 says... January 24, 2014 at 8:48 a.m.

Right...so it's best to just go in shooting and hope there aren't any innocent people in the way.

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SRBROTHERINLAW says... January 24, 2014 at 8:49 a.m.

Do they not use radio's to communicate anymore???

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cableguy says... January 24, 2014 at 9:08 a.m.

Maybe the Rambo mentality of police shoot first ask questions later will slow down since cops are now shooting each other. With our current jury system that guarantees police will never face conviction this brings a smile to my face for the moment.

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onlyfair says... January 24, 2014 at 10:18 a.m.

Now that one police has shot the other, do you think that they will look into police shootings a little closer? NOT!

Innocent people are killed/injured everyday.

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rosj2002 says... January 24, 2014 at 10:40 a.m.

Communicate? Nobody communicates anymore. Ever try shooting someone with a pistol in one hand and posting your Facebook status with the other on your phone? Get real kids.......crap happens. Duh. People shoot people, cops shoot cops. Sure there are plenty of less lethal alternatives....but c'mon now. Next thing you know all of the cops will be required to wear 'friendly' orange like deer hunters in the woods.

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Analyst2 says... January 24, 2014 at 11:10 a.m.

This is why Barney only had one bullet and he kept it in his pocket!

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HarleyOwner says... January 24, 2014 at 12:13 p.m.

"What we have here, is a failure to communicate".

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