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story.lead_photo.caption Little Rock Police Department Chief Kenton Buckner speaks Sunday at a news conference at department headquarters about an officer-involved shooting the night before at a Little Rock Red Lobster. - Photo by Jaime Dunaway

A Little Rock police officer shot in the shoulder during an exchange of gunfire at a Red Lobster Saturday night has been released from the hospital and a teen suspect who was shot is in serious condition, authorities said Sunday.

One other suspect who was not injured, meanwhile, has been arrested.

Speaking at a news conference at department headquarters, Little Rock Police Department Chief Kenton Buckner identified the officer as 39-year-old Shawn Bakr. Buckner said Bakr, who was working off-duty at the Red Lobster at Markham Street and Rodney Parham Road, interrupted a robbery involving three assailants and was shot in the shoulder in an exchange of gunfire that appears to have occurred both inside and outside the business.

The teen, whose name was not released, remained in serious condition, Buckner said. He said no determination has been made, but the youth is likely to face adult charges.

Buckner also said Sunday that a "person of interest" was taken into custody Sunday morning and was being questioned. Police later Sunday identified that person as 20-year-old Troy Williams Jr. of Cabot and said he had been arrested on charges of aggravated robbery, criminal attempt to commit capital murder, first-degree battery and six counts of aggravated assault.

Police said Williams was being held without bail, though he was not yet listed as an inmate at the Pulaski County jail.

A third person is also being sought, though no information about that person was released.

Bakr is on administrative leave pending a full investigation into the shooting. Buckner said he is expected to make a "full recovery."

See Monday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

Photo by Pulaski County sheriff's office
Troy Williams
Photo by Little Rock Police Department
Little Rock Police Department Officer Shawn Bakr
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Archived Comments

  • MadyJ
    January 10, 2016 at 2:22 p.m.

    Obviously there should not be gun fights at public gatherings to prevent robberies. It's not good public protection or good for business. The appropriate use of a gun at a public gathering is in self-defense or to defend others from a shooter. Armed robbers can be safely captured on video and via other means of identification and police investigation. Call police ASAP. Security might then follow and assist police with identifying and apprehending perps in the parking lot, down the road or at some other location far away from the people at the scene of the crime.

  • Tigermule
    January 10, 2016 at 5:36 p.m.

    To be fair here, this location has already been the site of an armed robbery,hence the off-duty officer's presence. In this case, the earlier report stated that the perpetrator's initiated the gunfire and the law enforcement officer responded in kind. The entire situation's occurrence is at the hands of the thugs that invaded the establishment to commit a felonious act. It is difficult for me to have compassion for the criminal that caught a bullet, but I do have concern the the policeman and glad to hear his injury is not life threatening.

  • Kharma
    January 10, 2016 at 10:28 p.m.

    @ MadyJ - you might be OK wirh entrusting your life to the judgment of armed thugs but most of us are not. Victims are often shot by thugs even when they cooperate, sometimes to eliminate witnesses. Your theory is great maybe with shoplifting but not with armed robbery. The officer did his job, he did it well, and he was wounded for his efforts. Hopefully the officer fully recovers, and if the perp thug dies then decent people won't have to worry about him any more.

    Hey Al and Jesse et. al.: Black violence matters. Hands up don't shoot. No justice no peace.

  • Testingonetwothree
    January 11, 2016 at 3:26 a.m.

    three assailants...they've caught 2...maximum punishment....life without parole...in the big house, NO easy time...they are trained thugs and will not change....death penalty except we wont use it...

  • Murphy01
    January 11, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.

    Notice how MadyJ never mentions the actual perp in this case? Places no responsibility on the shooter for any of this. It's always someone else's fault. Typical Lib. It's all the LEO's fault. Typical Lib. KARN reported this morning the perp was holding an employee at gun point. I guess you've forgotten that a bank employee was shot for absolutely no reason just last week? Apparently MadyJ is a weapons and tactics expert. Welcome to la la land

  • Slak
    January 11, 2016 at 10:37 a.m.

    I propose business owners place protection money in an envelope and hide it in the pre-arraigned location. Think of it as diplomacy.
    Don't be a hater. Appease your enemies.

  • Packman
    January 11, 2016 at 11:32 a.m.

    Glad to hear the good guy with a gun is going to be OK.
    .
    Hey MadyJ - Spoken like a true "victimhood is good" lib. Obviously, there are times when a gun fight at a public gathering is justified. It's good both for protection and business. No video will ever or has ever stopped a bullet. When seconds count, the cops are only minutes away. And while watching the video or identifying the perps or sitting in the parking lot or getting farther away from the crime scene, the perps kill again. Morons. Anti-2nd Amendment libs are f'ing morons that prefer being a victim to self-reliance.
    .
    OK, MadyJ is really a pro-2nd Amendment plant tossing up softballs for the good guys. Seriously, nobody can be that naïve and illogical.

  • PopMom
    January 11, 2016 at 4:05 p.m.

    Kudos to the officer! Of course, the officer was well trained. He hit his target and nobody else. It does not follow that ordinary, untrained citizens should be shooting. Remember that volunteer who accidentally shot a guy instead of tasing him?

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