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Police name 3 North Little Rock officers who fired shots in struggle with teen, killing him

By Brandon Riddle

This article was published January 18, 2018 at 2:07 p.m.

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This screenshot from a North Little Rock Police Department video shows officers struggling with a teen gunman before he was fatally shot early Sunday. The oval was added to the video by the police to highlight the weapon involved.

WARNING: Video contains sensitive content


Note: The edits to the video, including the pauses and red circles, were added by the North Little Rock Police Department.

Police on Thursday identified the three North Little Rock officers who fired shots during a struggle with an armed teenager, killing him.

Officers Cody Stroud, Samantha Thompson and John Blankenship remain on paid administrative leave during the ongoing investigation, according to a news release from the city's Police Department.

Stroud and Thompson were hired at the agency July 7, 2014. Blankenship joined the Police Department on Aug. 5, 2013.

Police spokesman Lt. Brian Dedrick said all three officers fired shots.

The officer-involved shooting happened shortly after 1 a.m. Jan. 7 following a traffic stop near the intersection of 52nd Street and Camp Robinson Road.

Authorities reportedly found a handgun on 17-year-old Charles Smith Jr. during a search of him and two other vehicle occupants.

As officers patted him down, Smith tried to "gain control" of the handgun and flee, at which point police took him to the ground, Police Chief Mike Davis previously said.

Davis said police opened fire at Smith after he was able to fire two shots, including one that almost struck an officer in the face.

Smith was pronounced dead at the scene. The teenager was under a court-ordered, 5 p.m. curfew when he died, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette previously reported.

The curfew, which barred him from being outside his home at night, was a condition of Smith's release from jail last year as he awaited trial on charges that he had participated in three armed robberies in Garland, Lonoke and Miller counties.

Read Friday’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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abb says... January 18, 2018 at 2:14 p.m.

They should all get a big fat bonus and a medal for taking out the trash and saving the taxpayers big numbers: in lives and money.

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reality1963 says... January 18, 2018 at 3:48 p.m.

Thank you Officers Stroud, Thompson and Blankenship, for putting your lives at risk to protect the law abiding citizens. God Bless You! You are special.

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TravisBickle says... January 18, 2018 at 5:03 p.m.

Two weeks off with pay. A promotion and raise. Marksmenship award.

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DoWhat says... January 18, 2018 at 5:42 p.m.

I am sure the family is pissed that there was a video and that it was convincing enough to stop the BLM movement in their tracks. Momma had her eye on winning the ghetto lottery just like Michael Browns family....

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GeneralMac says... January 18, 2018 at 7:21 p.m.

Barack HUSSEIN Obama........." If I had a son he would look like Trayvon "

also like Lil Boosi

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GeneralMac says... January 18, 2018 at 7:25 p.m.

Lil Boosi's mom should sue the liberal,lenient judges for allowing her son to roam free.

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