The Arkansas State Police says they are investigating a shooting that involved a Jonesboro Police Department officer who was serving with a multi-jurisdictional law enforcement task force in Helena.
According to police, a Jonesboro police officer shot and wounded 18-year-old Travon Brewer when he reportedly raised his rifle and pointed it toward police.
The incident occurred at around 12:45 p.m. on March 3 when the task force was searching for a fugitive at 1508 Cherry Street in Helena. According to police, the officers heard gunfire originating from a nearby neighborhood.
Two of the task force members, both Jonesboro Police Department officers, separated from the group at Cherry Street to search for the gunfire source.
The officers discovered Brewer and repeated commands for him to drop the rifle. When Brewer allegedly raised his weapon, the officers fired upon Brewer, who then ran toward a residence and collapsed outside 318 Monroe Street. According to police, both of the officers approached Brewer and initiated life-saving measures until paramedics arrived. Brewer was transported to a Memphis area hospital and is reportedly in stable condition, police say.
Special agents of the state police’s criminal investigation division will prepare a case file for the Phillips County prosecuting attorney, who will determine whether or not the use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer was consistent with state laws.