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story.lead_photo.caption FILE — Authorities investigate an officer-involved shooting in the area of a west Little Rock shopping center. - Photo by Thomas Metthe

A gunman who was hit in an exchange of shots with police outside a west Little Rock fast food restaurant Sunday afternoon has died, authorities said.

Little Rock Police Chief Keith Humphrey said officers were called to investigate a report of a suspicious person in the area of the Shackleford Crossings shopping center near Shackleford Road and Interstate 430. Dispatch records show the first call came in about 2:45 p.m.

Humphrey said officers at some point made contact outside an Arby's at the complex, and shots were later fired.

"The subject fired at the officers and at some point our officers fired back, striking the suspect," Humphrey said. He later clarified that two officers were involved, though he didn't know if both or just one fired shots that hit the suspect.

The person who was shot was taken to a local hospital, where he was initially listed in critical condition. Police said later Sunday afternoon that the person had died.

Investigators did not release the person's name, but they described him as a white male.

No other injuries were reported.


Little Rock Police Chief Keith Humphrey said at a news conference that a man is in critical condition after being shot by police at an Arby’s. Police say the man fired at officers before the returned gunfire. The investigation is ongoing.


Authorities say they are investigating a police shooting in west Little Rock on Sunday afternoon.

The agency said on Twitter that an officer opened fire near the Shackleford Crossings shopping center. Photos from the scene showed crime scene tape blocking the parking lot of an Arby's at the center with multiple police vehicles in the area.

Further details on what happened weren't immediately known.

Dispatch records show officers were called at 2:45 p.m. to investigate a suspicious person at 2600 S. Shackleford Road, which is the address of a JCPenney in the shopping center. It wasn't clear if the two calls were related.

The shooting comes just two days after the Pulaski County prosecutor said a Little Rock officer would not be charged for fatally shooting a motorist in February during a traffic stop.

An Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reporter and photographer are headed to the scene. Check back for updates.

Authorities investigate an officer-involved shooting in west Little Rock on Sunday.
Authorities investigate an officer-involved shooting in west Little Rock on Sunday.

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