Texarkana Officer Involved in Fatal Shooting Over The Weekend
Saturday night in Texarkana, Arkansas a police officer fatally shot a 37-year-old man. The man identified as Don Crowson was shot during a confrontation with police officers as he charged officers with an object and threatening to kill them. The officers were wearing body cams. The officer in question has been put on Administrative Leave while the situation is being investigated.
Following positive identification of the suspect in this case and notification of his family, he has been identified as Don Crowson, w/m, 12/05/1983. Crowson was pronounced deceased by the Miller County Coroner and his body is being sent to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for determination of cause and manner of death.
Officers encounter with Crowson was recorded by body worn camera
Officers encounter with Crowson was recorded by body worn cameras in use at the time of the incident and are subject to review by all investigating entities. TAPD will release a copy of the video when approved by counsel.The officer involved in the shooting has been placed on Administrative Leave pending the outcome of the ASP investigation and ruling from the 8th South Prosecuting Attorney.
Here's how the situation began Saturday night
The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department received a call at approximately 9:44 pm this evening regarding a possible disturbance in the 1100 block of Hickory Street.The caller told the dispatcher an individual had been pacing in the street yelling that he was going to kill someone and was jumping up and down on a fence. The caller indicated the man appeared to be under the influence of drugs. Officers arrived on the scene and contacted the individual inside an apartment in a multi family residence in the 1000 block of Hickory. Upon making contact, the male charged the officers with an object yelling that he was going to kill them. One officer on scene fired his service weapon and struck the male. Officers rendered aid until Life-net arrived on the scene. The individual was pronounced deceased at the scene. The officers involved were not injured.
The Arkansas State Police were notified and are currently investigating the incident.
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