State Police investigating West Memphis officer involved shooting

State Police

The Arkansas State Police says they are looking into a West Memphis officer involved shooting that occurred on April 27.

According to the state police, a West Memphis police officer fired upon 24-year-old Nickalous Reed Jones following a foot chase during a burglary call that led the suspect to allegedly fire upon pursuing officers.

Authorities say that there was a report of a theft at the Family Dollar Store at 2113 East Broadway. When officers were responding to the call, they noticed a suspect believed to be involved in the theft walking neaer the intersection of 18th and Broadway.

When Jones fled on foot from the officers, the suspect allegedly fired a handgun at the officers, who were uninjured. However, at least one officer returned fire and hit Jones in the leg.

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Jones was later apprehended and taken to a Memphis area hospital, and his wound is considered non-life-threatening.

The State Police’s criminal investigation division is investigating the incident at the request of the West Memphis Police Department. An investigative file will be presented to the Crittenden County prosecuting attorney, who will determine whether the use of deadly force by the officers was consistent with state laws.