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Man killed in NLR officer-involved shooting named

By David Harten

This article was published March 6, 2014 at 11:05 a.m.

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North Little Rock police officers gather evidence Wednesday afternoon at the scene of an officer-involved shooting in front of First Presbyterian Church at the corner of West Fourth and Maple streets in downtown North Little Rock. Police say a man causing a disturbance on a city bus was fatally shot after being removed from the bus and attacking an officer with a wooden cane.

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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The man who was fatally shot by a North Little Rock police officer on Wednesday afternoon has been identified.

Robert J. Storay, 52, was shot at least once by the unnamed officer just after noon, after authorities were called to the 400 block of Maple Street about a man causing a disturbance on a Central Arkansas Transit bus, the North Little Rock Police Department said.

Officers made contact with Storay, who police say began assaulting at least one officer with a cane. He was shot as a result, taken to UAMS Medical Center in Little Rock for treatment and was later pronounced dead.

The investigation remains open, North Little Rock police said.

In October 2010, Storay sued the city of Little Rock and the Little Rock Police Department in a “civil rights action,” according to court documents. The allegations presented in the suit weren't immediately available; the lawsuit was later dismissed.

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HQ says... March 6, 2014 at 12:47 p.m.

The lawsuit was over another incident where he was charged with disorderly conduct for threatening officers with his cane while drunk at home. I found the details online in a few clicks

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Oldearkie says... March 6, 2014 at 1:22 p.m.

There's a crippled old man with a cane ! Shoot him!

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RBBrittain says... March 6, 2014 at 1:45 p.m.

@Oldearkie: You haven't looked at his cane; it definitely qualifies as a "deadly weapon" when used as a club. I assume he's of another race, but I'm only a few years younger than him, have ridden the bus regularly in the past (NOT now), AND on disability (though for different reasons). Still, if he raised his cane against the officer -- something it seems he's done before per HQ -- then IMO the shooting was PROBABLY justified.

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Morgancub says... March 6, 2014 at 2:06 p.m.

Well another lawsuit is out, no danger of that now!! How did the police manage to avoid killing him the first go round ...

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Morgancub says... March 6, 2014 at 2:10 p.m.

PS If I lived in L.Rock, I would travel with a hefty cane too, prob with a built-in epee!!!

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lazybar says... March 6, 2014 at 2:12 p.m.

my first thought was if he was threating the officer with a cane why didn`t he use his taser then i thought if he fell and bumped his head after being tased he would sue nlrpd.

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ArkansasHawk says... March 6, 2014 at 5:19 p.m.

I think they forgot to mention that the officer that was assaulted was also taken to the hospital, if someone can hurt someone enough with a cane to send them to the hospital, then it was assault with a deadly weapon and the other officer was justified in shooting. Simple don't assault a police officer, you won't get shot.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... March 6, 2014 at 5:41 p.m.

So two officers can not out maneuver an old man with a cane?

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3rdWorldState says... March 7, 2014 at 1:07 p.m.

LOL. I think I'm with DDDK on this one.

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dman says... March 7, 2014 at 1:29 p.m.

52 is not an old man.

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