The Arkansas State Police says they are investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred on Feb. 21 between a Rogers Police Department officer and a 54-year-old man.
According to police, David Liles was shot by a Rogers Police Department officer after he reportedly held two knives and charged the officer. Liles later was pronounced dead at a local hospital.
At around 2:15 p.m. on Feb. 21, police were dispatched to Soul Harbor, a substance abuse treatment facility, at 1206 North 2nd Street where the staff reported Liles was armed with a weapon.
Police say that one of the officers found Liles in between two buildings. Witnesses say via the police that Liles, who was holding the knives, ran toward the officer, who then fired at Liles. Police say that the officers began life-saving measures on Liles until an ambulance arrived.
Liles’ body and other evidence were transported to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory for examination and analysis.
The Rogers Police Department requested the assistance of the state police’s special agents to investigate whether the use of deadly force. The state police’s criminal investigation division will prepare an investigative file that will be presented to the Benton County prosecuting attorney who will decide whether the use of deadly force by the officer was consistent with Arkansas laws.