State Police investigating man’s death after armed standoff


The Arkansas State Police says they are investigating the death of a 41-year-old man after he was found dead inside a residence south of Conway after an armed standoff with law enforcement.

State police say that Nicholas Barker was found dead inside a home at 139 Crestview Road south of Conway in the evening hours of Oct. 5.

At around 2:45 p.m. Faulkner County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to reports of gunfire inside the residence. When deputies arrived, according to state police, there was gunfire coming from inside the home. A woman later fled the residence and approached deputies, state police say, and she claimed Barker fired a gun at her. The woman was not injured, according to state police.

Deputies and state police troopers witnessed Barker walk from the house and fire a gun into the air and the re-enter the residence after the standoff continued into the evening hours.

Command and control of the standoff was given to the Arkansas State Police SWAT team, who had obtained an arrest warrant from a Faulkner County judge charging Barker with terroristic threatening and aggravated assault, according to state police.

When the SWAT team entered the home, state police says they found Barker dead of what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Barker’s body has been transported to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory and a cause and manner of death will be determined by the Arkansas State Medical Examiner.

Special agents of the state police’s criminal investigation division are leading the investigation and will present their findings to the Faulkner County prosecuting attorney.