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.
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.