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NLR police fatally shoot suspect after reported disturbance on bus

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This article was originally published March 5, 2014 at 12:53 p.m. Updated March 5, 2014 at 4:11 p.m.

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Crime scene tape blocks off Fourth Street between Maple and Orange in downtown North Little Rock on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. A city bus is within the crime scene.

Man shot by police after reported disturbance on bus

A man who was reported to have been involved in a disturbance on a Central Arkansas Transit bus was shot by a police officer Wednesday in downtown North Little Rock. (By Gavin Lesnick)
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Crime scene tape blocks off Fourth Street between Maple and Orange in downtown North Little Rock on Wednesday, March 5, 2014. A city bus is within the...

A man who had been causing a disturbance on a Central Arkansas Transit bus was fatally shot Wednesday afternoon on a downtown North Little Rock sidewalk after he attacked a police officer with a cane, authorities said.

North Little Rock Police Sgt. Brian Dedrick said an officer responded about 12:15 p.m. at Fourth and Maple streets after a reported disturbance on the vehicle. Police say the officer got the man off the bus, but the man proceeded to attack the officer with a cane in front of First Presbyterian Church, which sits on the northwest corner of the intersection.

It appeared the cane the man had been wielding — a wooden cane with a gold knob at the end — ended up on the sidewalk between the bus and the church. A police evidence marker was placed beside it.

Dedrick said the officer, whose name was not released, opened fire, hitting the man at least once.

The man, who also has not been identified, was taken to UAMS Medical Center in Little Rock where he later died.

The officer was taken to Baptist Health Medical Center for treatment of unspecified injuries described as non-life-threatening. The officer has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation — a standard policy for officer-involved shootings.

Dedrick said it wasn't clear what started the disturbance, which he said was described as a verbal and physical altercation in which a person was "trying to assault people on the bus."

He said there were a number of passengers on the bus, and all were taken to the police department for questioning.

"This will take quite some time," Dedrick said. "We'll be interviewing at least 20 to 25 individuals that were on the bus at the point in time when the CAT driver called it in."

Prosecuting Attorney Larry Jegley and Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney John Johnson were on the scene after 1 p.m. Dedrick said it's standard for officials from the prosecutor's office to respond to an officer-involved shooting.

Dedrick said the man who was shot was an "older gentleman" and the officer was a veteran lawman whose been on the force about 17 years.

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SUPERDUTY says... March 5, 2014 at 2:59 p.m.

Well, here we go again. Bring a cane to a gunfight.

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onlyfair says... March 5, 2014 at 3:19 p.m.

This person had to be disturbed. I am glad no one was hurt on the bus.

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EconomicDriver says... March 5, 2014 at 3:22 p.m.

Since when does a elderly man with a cane pose such a threat to an armed, vested police officer that deadly force is required? The officer had to shoot to restrain him, and not just take him down?

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onlyGodmatters says... March 5, 2014 at 4:06 p.m.

My guess is that the officer has seen one too many James Bond movies. He obviously thought the cane was a lethal weapon in disguise.

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LR1955 says... March 5, 2014 at 4:27 p.m.

If I were a passenger on a city bus and someone no matter the age was trying to intimidate me with a wood cane/metal ball on the end, I'd be glad for a police officer to step and take appropriate action.

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LR1955 says... March 5, 2014 at 4:39 p.m.

It will be interesting to hopefully read here in the ArkDemGaz what the 20 to 25 individuals on the bus have to say in their interview. And what does "older man" as stated in the article mean, age wise ?
A hickory or ash cane with a polished ball on the handle end is a formidable if not deadly weapon. I wouldn't want to go hand to hand with the deceased perp.

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RBBrittain says... March 5, 2014 at 7:29 p.m.

The video shows a straight cane with a large gold knob on one end, which could definitely become a lethal weapon if misused as a club in hand-to-hand combat. More investigation is clearly needed, but at first glance the shooting SEEMS to be justifiable.

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HM2 says... March 5, 2014 at 8:07 p.m.

NLRPD never heard of a tazer?

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arkateacher54_aol.com says... March 5, 2014 at 8:19 p.m.

Police nationwide are adopting a "shoot first ask questions later" strategy. I have seen far too many similar stories recently.

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arcatx says... March 5, 2014 at 9:01 p.m.

I'm so glad that all of you were there and saw what transpired, your statements to the police should help clear everything up. I mean with all of y'alls knowledge about the use of force and the use of deadly force. Why don't y'all vest up and do the job with all the restrictions placed on officers, otherwise don't speak about what you don't know

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