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story.lead_photo.caption Police investigate an officer-involved shooting in Little Rock on Saturday morning. - Photo by Ryan Tarinelli

One person is dead and two officers are injured after a vehicle crash and an officer-involved shooting in Little Rock on Saturday morning, according to the department's police chief.

Speaking at the scene, Little Rock Police Chief Kenton Buckner said it was unclear whether the man died from the crash or from gunfire by at least one police officer.

Around 4 a.m., an officer called for assistance while working off-duty at Local Union, a bar and grill located within the Prospect Building at 1501 N. University Ave., according to Buckner. An online dispatch log shows police were called to the building around 4:17 a.m. for "unknown trouble."

Buckner said there was a disturbance in the parking lot, shots were fired by police, and a vehicle crashed through a brick wall that separated the parking lot from the street.

He said the man driving the vehicle died at the scene. He said the man appeared to be in his mid-20s.

"We're unsure right now if the deceased individual died from the car wreak that resulted or if it was from the shots fired," he said early Saturday morning, adding that police were not sure if the man was hit by the gunfire.

Two Little Rock officers were taken to a local hospital, but they did not appear to have life-threatening injuries, he said. According to Buckner, their injuries appeared to be from when the vehicle hit the officers. One of the officers had injuries to the "lower extremities," and the injuries to the second officer were unknown Saturday morning.

"They're still doing testing on that individual," Buckner said.

He also said police did not know what led up to the disturbance. Buckner also said that the off-duty officer working at Local Union was in uniform at the time, noting it was too early to tell if the deceased man was at the bar before he died.

"We just know that everything started in the parking lot," he said.

At the scene, Little Rock police had blocked off a large swath of University Avenue.

Read Sunday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.


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  • Kharma
    October 7, 2017 at 7:14 a.m.

    Recover quickly officers.

  • LR1955
    October 7, 2017 at 8:42 a.m.

    Sure sign this city has a sucking bad crime problem when there are police shoot-outs in the Heights neighborhood.
    Sad that anybody lost their life.
    I wonder is the perp was driving away or towards the police; that was the big question in another infamous police shooting. I also wonder how often the deceased perp went to Sunday school with their granny?
    Terrible photo Ryan.

  • notbot
    October 7, 2017 at 11:06 a.m.

    LR1955, Do you often make disrespectful jokes about deceased persons and the photographers who take pictures during darkness?.

    October 7, 2017 at 12:11 p.m.

    And we need these private clubs that stay open until 5:00 am, why??

    October 7, 2017 at 1:17 p.m.

    Cowboyville. Hollywood got nuttin' on Central Arkansas.

  • Foghorn
    October 7, 2017 at 1:56 p.m.

    Wait...what? What is this place? A 'B&G' supposedly but what does it's ABC license say? What is its complaint history with LRPD? Another Power Lounge in waiting? Forgive me if I'm jumping to conclusions but we all know how impotent is the ABC and how blind eyed the LRPD is as a result to places like this.

  • Foghorn
    October 7, 2017 at 2:19 p.m.

    I almost didn't read this piece because I assumed it was another drug deal in a parking lot no where near me. I didnt realize it was yet another crime related to some late night 'club' of dubious distinction. As an AR taxpayer I VEHEMENTLY object to my hard earned money going to police protection into wee hours for criminal activity by a**holes who likely pay little or no taxes YES, I SAID IT OUT LOUD. Shut everyone down at midnight after 3 infractions, incl revocation of their liquor license. Let law abiding establishments stay open later. Screw the impotent, incompetent ABC, screw incompetent venue owners. AR is screwing and PUTTING CITIZENS AT RISK IN EXCHANGE FOR LIQUOR LICENSE FEES!

  • NoUserName
    October 7, 2017 at 3:26 p.m.

    I still don't like an off-duty cop using CITY ISSUED equipment at a side job if the city doesn't get some financial benefit. And DB makes a good point. I can't get traffic enforcement down my street because there aren't enough cops but places like Power Lounge can suck up excessive amounts of police time without any action by the city. Until it's news, of course. Will be interesting to see whether this club has had similar issues.

  • Foghorn
    October 7, 2017 at 4:28 p.m.

    BUCKNER, MOORE, STODOLA, HUTCHINSON - What the hell?! What is the story? What is the complaint rate of this place? How have any of the 'task forces' or other 'efforts' since Power 3mos ago made any difference? Has focus on previous gang heavy areas simply led to diffusion of crime beyond previous boarders? Or is this some kind of one off?

  • wildblueyonder
    October 7, 2017 at 4:43 p.m.

    Chicago South.