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A 40-year-old Arkansas man was in stable condition Saturday after being shot by officers who were called to a disturbance in Gravette, authorities said.

Arkansas State Police said in a statement that Eulas Linwood Hughes III of Gravette was reported to have pointed a gun at officers at a residence on 2nd Avenue.

Police were dispatched there shortly before 3:45 p.m. and found Hughes with a handgun and a long gun, the statement said.

"As negotiations between law enforcement personnel and Hughes occurred in an attempt to have him drop the guns, Hughes began to attempt entry into the home," the statement said. "At that time he is said to have pointed one of the guns at officers who then fired wounding Hughes."

Benton County sheriff’s office deputies and officers with the Gravette and Sulphur Springs police departments responded to the disturbance, though no details on which officers opened fire were immediately released.

State police are investigating the shooting.

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  • MaxCady
    January 21, 2018 at 3:13 p.m.

    What did he expect?

  • Open_Carry_FTW
    January 23, 2018 at 12:09 p.m.

    He was a marine corps. veteran. He was not a drug addict or anything. Isn't Arkansas an open carry state now? The police were responding to a disturbance call. They have no right to have you drop your guns if you're not committing a crime. I have had police point their glock at my face while reaching in my phone for my cell phone, albeit I was a naive 16 year old.. Yes, of course it would be easier to cooperate, but do you know how hard it is to get your guns back out of evidence even if you didn't commit a crime? Do you know who writes the police reports? Fraternal institutions run this world, and are known to be corrupt, the police are no exception. I have dealt with these police before, and they are very corrupt. He should have cooperated, but hey, we live in an authoritarian country, which is quickly becoming totalitarian with integrated technology and digital profiling, etc.

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