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NLR officer involved in Wednesday shooting identified

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This article was published March 7, 2014 at 4:05 p.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 North Little Rock Police Department officer who fatally shot a man after, police say, he assaulted the officer with a cane has been identified as Chris Gann, department spokesman Brian Dedrick said in a news release Friday.

Gann shot and killed 52-year-old Robert Storay of Little Rock after Gann responded to a distress call at 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. After Gann removed Storay from the bus, police say, Storay purportedly attacked Gann with a brass-and-wooden cane, which precipitated the shooting. Gann was briefly hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries as a result of the attack.

Storay had a history of "irrational behavior" and drug abuse, and in one case he threatened Little Rock police officers with a cane, according to Little Rock Police Department reports.

Gann, a 17-year veteran of the department, regularly patrols downtown North Little Rock and is a member of the North Little Rock Police Department Honor Guard, Dedrick said. Per department policy, he remains on administrative leave pending the results of an investigation of the shooting.

For more on this story, read Saturday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

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RBBrittain says... March 7, 2014 at 5:57 p.m.

Before you make any more "why shoot a man with a cane" posts, LOOK AT THE HANDLE on that cane; when swung like a club it CLEARLY qualifies as a deadly weapon. Though obviously NLRPD needs to complete its investigation (we don't know the FULL sequence of events), odds are this WAS justifiable homicide.

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DRMGATSBY says... March 7, 2014 at 9:05 p.m.

Political correctness run a muck. We need more police who shoot first at CRIMINALS and ask questions later. Now the criminals have more rights that the law abiding citizens. Nice food, beds, facilities, TV's, etc. Prison is now a home, not a place of incarceration. 10 yr. sentence, out in 2...on good behavior. Start killing some of the cockroaches, and they begin, once again, to respect the law of the land, and the law officers. Now, they are merely anarchists.

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LR1955 says... March 10, 2014 at 11:50 a.m.

All in favor, say AYE !

Aye

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