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story.lead_photo.caption Police investigate after an officer-involved shooting early Thursday in Little Rock. - Photo by Ryan Tarinelli

A man was wounded early Thursday in an officer-involved shooting near a Little Rock church, authorities said.

Police were called around 12:15 a.m. to an apartment complex at 5201 Geyer Springs Road for a report of a rape and a stabbing, said Little Rock Police Chief Kenton Buckner, speaking to reporters at the scene.

Officers arrived and spoke with witnesses and the victim, he said. One suspect in the assault was taken into custody and a second suspect was reportedly hiding behind the Geyer Springs Church of Christ, located across the street from the apartment complex, he said.

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Buckner said police went to the area and told the man, who was hiding in the dark, to come out with his hands up. He said the man came out from the dark in a "shooting stance" and two officers fired their weapons.

The man was hit multiple times, and emergency medical personnel took him to a local hospital for treatment, he said. Buckner reported that the man is in critical condition but is expected to live. It was unclear Thursday morning if the man was armed during the incident.

The assault victim was also taken to a local hospital, police said.

The two officers involved in the shooting are on administrative leave. A police spokesman said the officers involved in the shooting were on regular patrol, and were not working a mandatory overtime detail announced last month to help curb the city's violent crime.

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

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  • Kharma
    September 21, 2017 at 7:10 a.m.

    Be safe out there officers, and go home to your families after every shift.

  • MaxCady
    September 21, 2017 at 8:55 a.m.

    Another day in O'Ninerville.

  • bsmindboggle
    September 21, 2017 at 9:49 a.m.

    It's the phrase "officer-involved shooting" that needs to be taken out and shot. In this case, it's clear that the police shot the suspect. Using the phrase "officer-involved shooting" makes it unclear whether the suspect or or the officer was doing the shooting. It puts the action in the passive voice. Try: "Police shot and wounded a man near a Little Rock church early Thursday morning while looking for a suspect in a rape-stabbing."

  • KingSolomon
    December 2, 2017 at 7:56 a.m.

    Too bad the perp will survive the shooting. The officers should have finished off both of the perps and saved society from having to foot the jail bill for their worthless lives and also the problem of them repeating these offenses when the get out. Which you know they will. Could have saved one of their future victims from being a victim!

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