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story.lead_photo.caption Authorities investigate a shooting involving a police officer near 12th Street and Rodney Parham Road on Friday morning. ( Youssef Rddad)

A Little Rock police officer fatally shot a person during a traffic stop after the driver of a suspected stolen vehicle accelerated and hit the officer Friday morning, authorities said.

Little Rock police officials said officers stopped a vehicle that was flagged as being stolen shortly after 11 a.m. near 12th Street and Rodney Parham Road.

The vehicle stopped but then accelerated toward and hit the officer who opened fire and fatally shot the driver, acting police chief Wayne Bewley said at the scene.

He confirmed the male driver died at the scene and that a female passenger with him wasn’t injured.

The officer, who was injured by the vehicle collision, had been released from the hospital Friday night, police spokesman Lt. Michael Ford said.

Police hadn't identified the people in the car nor the officer as of Friday night.

Bewley said the department wasn’t sure if the person who was fatally shot was armed but added that “it doesn’t appear the shots were fired by anyone other than our officer.”

The incident triggered a large police response to the mostly commercial area south of Interstate 630.

Police were interviewing at least one witness who was driving by as the shooting took place, Bewley said.

Travis Caudell, a sales manager at a nearby printing business, said he heard about 10 shots fired “back-to-back” and came outside and saw an officer “limping bad.”

Caudell said he saw a black Honda slowly coast and hit a fence.

Mayor Frank Scott Jr. met with police leaders after the shooting but wasn't prepared to make a statement early into the investigation, a spokeswoman said.

The deadly police shooting marks Little Rock's 11th homicide of the year.

It also comes just days after an officer opened fire early Sunday in the area of West 28th and Longcoy streets. Police in that case said an officer returned fire after a gunman turned and shot toward the officer.

Tyler Deshawn Ashford, 18, was identified as the suspect after he sought treatment two days later for a gunshot wound to the leg.

Ashford was charged with attempted capital murder earlier this week ahead of a Feb. 26 court hearing.


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Archived Comments

  • Wingers
    February 22, 2019 at 1:01 p.m.

    Just another day in the life of our brave police officers. We should praise them for their bravery and courage to keep us safe. We need 150 more police to get this City under control.

  • Foghorn
    February 22, 2019 at 1:09 p.m.

    Hundreds of additional officers is not the answer. At an avg annual salary of 50K, 150 additional officers would add 7.5M annually to the payroll, not to mention the outrageous, extortionist pension costs.

  • Guest0987
    February 22, 2019 at 1:23 p.m.

    Safety is worth the money.

  • pravda
    February 22, 2019 at 1:39 p.m.

    the Fairview ghetto on Green Mountain drive is a harbor for thugs, as is the other "apartments" on GMD, I have witnessed many, many drug deals, terrible driving, 'GHETTO-LIKE" ACTIVITY, it really depresses West Little Rock, with this element in our zip code. It is alright and it sent OK, and it is PUBLIC safety issue. My Mom was brutally attacked by a black thug in the same zip code as Green Mountain drive, she was almost killed, she is 5' tall and was at her job, the thug crawled from behind a dumpster and pistol whipped her several times in the face, TALL , BLACK "MAN" WITH SCRAGLY BEARD, never caught , we are on the brink of calamity with this "community" and the " boys" they are generating , fatherless, pot-smoking-thugs, that are a menace to everyone

  • Packman
    February 22, 2019 at 2:04 p.m.

    Hope the cop is OK. South of I-630......crime central for Little Rock.

  • MaxCady
    February 22, 2019 at 2:52 p.m.

    I hope to hell he had a body/dash cam on and it was working.

  • MsShanLPN2B
    February 22, 2019 at 3:01 p.m.

    FYI: there are also WHITE, Hispanic, Asian, etc, thugs. Black people are NOT the only people that commit dangerous crimes. Look at Trump.... he’s Orange and he’s the most common criminal out here now. NEXT!!!!

  • Marie1942
    February 22, 2019 at 4:32 p.m.

    JonathonJackson, you refer to the Green Mountain Drive area as the "Ghetto" in a pitiful attempt to stereotype blacks as thugs and suggest that all of the criminal activity in that area is being carried out by black. That is FAR from the truth. I recently moved from an apartment complex in that area, and I saw my fair share of white meth heads roaming the parking lots for spare change, trying to break in cars, dealing and buying drugs, and other criminal activity. Maybe your mother was trying to buy drugs and got pistol whipped.

    February 22, 2019 at 5:01 p.m.

    "The deadly police shooting marks Little Rock's 11th homicide of the year. I thought that homicide equated to murder. So the police officer committed homicide by shooting and killing a car thief who was trying to run him down? I would think that was justified.

  • 0boxerssuddenlinknet
    February 22, 2019 at 5:53 p.m.

    re police report and reporters why weren't the people in the criminal's car identified ? since the woman wasn't hurt she couldn't give names ? was she an accomplice of the car theft ? if so has she been booked ? we don't pay peace officers enough money to put up with this crap on a daily basis.