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A robbery suspect was left in critical condition early Wednesday after police shot him because he pointed a handgun at them, authorities said.

Police say the man, whose name has not been released, robbed the Mapco Max Mart at 8101 Stagecoach Road in Little Rock about 2:40 a.m., escaping into nearby woods with cash and beer.

Little Rock Police Department Lt. Sidney Allen said in a statement that a police dog led officers to the man, but he refused to drop a handgun he was holding.

"Officers released the K-9 unit on the suspect twice, but the suspect retained his weapon and pointed it at officers," police wrote. "One officer fired upon the suspect, striking him multiple times."

The man was taken to Baptist Health Medical Center in critical condition.

Allen said a criminal and internal investigation into the shooting would be conducted. The officer who opened fire was placed on administrative leave.

Police say they have identified the robbery suspect but are not releasing his name yet. He is described in the report only as a white man.

No officers were injured.

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  • cherokee4
    March 5, 2014 at 11:54 a.m.

    Need to get a bigger dog.

  • Hogdude
    March 5, 2014 at 3:42 p.m.

    Dude's lucky the dog wasn't packing.

  • LR1955
    March 5, 2014 at 4:30 p.m.

    if the dog doesn't scare the perp into dropping his gun, then shooting is the next step. Good Job LRPD !!!

  • HM2
    March 5, 2014 at 8:15 p.m.

    Dog! You have the right to remain barkless. if you refuse the right to remain barkless, anything you bark can, and will be used against you in a court of law.

    March 6, 2014 at 12:04 a.m.

    "a police dog led officers to the man, but he refused to drop a handgun he was holding."

    This sentence is constructed in such a way that it is telling us the dog refused to drop his gun. 'He' refers back to 'dog', not to 'man,' which is the object of a prepositional phrase. I believe the writer meant to say "a police dog led officers to the man, who refused to drop a handgun he was holding."

  • the1andonly
    March 6, 2014 at 12:06 p.m.

    Good job LRPD! hopefully he will die a slow death in the ICU and save us tax money

  • Kharma
    March 10, 2014 at 12:28 p.m.

    Awesome!!! To hell with the perp. Perhaps he was seeking death by cop. Hope the thug croakes and that the cop is dealing well with the shooting. Far too many thugs extant. Chalk up one for the good guys.