State police investigating Mountain Home officer involved shooting

State Police

The Arkansas State Police says they have special agents from the criminal investigation division looking into an officer involved shooting that involved a Mountain Home Police officer on March 30.

State police say that a Missouri suspect wanted by that state’s law enforcement was shot and wounded by a Mountain Home Police officer after he allegedly pointed a gun and fired at a bail bondsman. The incident occurred outside two Mountain Home businesses in the 800 block of U.S.-62 on March 30 at around 7:30 p.m.

According to police, 41-year-old Kevin Lee Donovan of Adrian, Missouri, is still in a Springfield, Missouri, area hospital and is in critical condition. Neither the Mountain Home police officer nor the bondsman were injured.

Police say that Donovan was wanted in Missouri on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of drug paraphernalia, and unlawful use of a weapon. A bondsman located Donovan in Mountain Home and called police to help him in taking Donovan into custody.

Police say that when when Donovan was confronted by police and the bondsman outside a convenience store, he brandished a gun and started to back away. As the standoff moved off the parking lot, Donovan fired the gun at the bondsman, which then prompted police to fire at Donovan, striking him and wounding him.

An investigative case file will be prepared by state police special agents and turned-over to the Baxter County prosecuting attorney who will consider the findings to determine whether the officer’s use of deadly force was consistent with Arkansas laws.