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story.lead_photo.caption NWA Democrat-Gazette/DAVID GOTTSCHALK A member of the Washington County Sheriff's Office monitors the perimeter Friday at Sonora Acres where an armed man was shot Thursday night after officers were called to a physical domestic disturbance, a Sheriff's Office spokeswoman said. Deputies, assisted by the Springdale Police Department, responded to the disturbance at 11:16 p.m., spokeswoman Kelly Cantrell said.

SPRINGDALE -- A police officer shot and killed a man carrying a gun Thursday night, according to a Springdale Police news release.

Washington County Sheriff's Office deputies and Springdale police officers went to 20411 Sonora Acres Road at 11:15 p.m. for a call about a domestic disturbance.

Officers identified themselves and ordered the man to put the firearm down, according to the news release. The man refused and walked toward them.

A Springdale officer shot the man, according to the release.

The man was pronounced dead at Washington Regional Medical Center in Fayetteville. The body was sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for an autopsy, according to the release.

Police didn't release the name of the dead man or the officer.

The house is just north of the T&T Diner on East Robinson Avenue. The owners of the house are Dena Renae and Iman Joseph Buford, according to property records.

No officers or deputies were injured, according to the release.

This is the 10th officer-involved shooting in Arkansas this year and the sixth resulting in death, according to media reports. Nationally, 584 people have been shot and killed by police in 2018 as of July 9, according to The Washington Post Fatal Force database.

NWA Democrat-Gazette/DAVID GOTTSCHALK Law enforcement personnel investigate Friday at Sonora Acres where an armed man was shot Thursday night after officers were called to a physical domestic disturbance, according to Kelly Cantrell, Washington County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman.

The investigation of use of deadly force by the officer is being handled by the Arkansas State Police.

The officer was placed on paid administrative leave, which is standard protocol pending the State Police investigation as well as an internal investigation, according to the release.

"There is no timeline on cases, each one is different and has its own timeline," said Liz Chapman, State Police spokeswoman.

The last officer-involved shooting in Benton or Washington counties happened Dec. 21, 2016, when a Washington County Sheriff's Office deputy shot and killed a man who approached him with a knife outside a business.

Cpl. Brad Robinson, an 11-year Sheriff's Office veteran, shot Benjamin Ortiz after Ortiz drew a knife and lunged at Robinson at Tire Tracks on South School Avenue in Fayetteville, according to a Sheriff's Office release.

The Washington County prosecutor decided in January 2016 that Robinson was justified in killing Ortiz.

NW News on 07/28/2018

Print Headline: Springdale police officer shot, killed man

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