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Deputies fatally shot a 41-year-old man after he exchanged gunfire with them Sunday evening, authorities said Monday.

The Arkansas State Police said Van Buren County deputies responded to a house for a reported disturbance around 10:40 p.m. in the 200 block of Hazel Avenue in Shirley.

William James Beck began shooting at deputies, police said.

Deputies inside and outside of the residence returned fire and fatally struck Beck, authorities said. State police said deputies recovered a gun near his body.

An autopsy was being performed at the state Crime Laboratory.

State Police plan to review the shooting and forward its findings to the local prosecutor's office.

It wasn’t immediately known how many deputies shot at Beck.


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  • JenK1234
    June 10, 2019 at 4:26 p.m.

    Why does it feel like there is an officer involved shooting in Arkansas every day? Our officers aren't safe, and our citizens aren't safe. This is a very sad (and dangerous) situation for everyone.

  • titleist10
    June 10, 2019 at 5:39 p.m.

    Just getting rid of the trash-good job

  • AHayes
    June 12, 2019 at 12:44 p.m.

    I would like to say that people really need to remember that your words can hurt. As a family member I would like to say that I pray this situation never happens to you. The truth about this will come out. You should really be more sensitive to the grieving family before posting nasty comments. He has kids that are left without a father now because some cops shoot first ask questions later. They should not have to see people like TITLEIST10 calling him "trash". As far as this article goes parts of it are inaccurate. I'm not sure if it's bad reporting or being given false information from people coving their own.