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State Police Investigate Officer-Involved Shooting After Rescue Of 9-Year-Old In Standoff

CLINTON, Ark. (KFSM) — Arkansas State Police are investigating an officer-involved shooting that happened after a 9-year-old boy was rescued from a hostage situation.

The incident took place at a residence off Arkansas 9 southwest of Clinton and just north of Formosa in Van Buren County, state police said.

According to state police, William Lloyd Jones, 49, barricaded himself inside 361 Hillpoint Road and held a 9-year-old child at gunpoint as officers arrived at the home to investigate a report of aggravated assault Wednesday afternoon. Officers then learned that Jones was wanted on a parole violation.

The Van Buren County Sheriff’s Office contacted state police and requested negotiation assistance from their Crisis Response Team. The team communicated with Jones through the night, state police said.

Just after 2 a.m., members of the state police Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) team entered the home and rescued the child. They found Jones, who pointed a gun at the state troopers. A trooper fired on Jones, who died at the scene.

Jones’ body was sent to the Arkansas State Crime Laboratory to determine the exact cause of death. Special agents with the Criminal Investigation Division will present their findings to the county prosecuting attorney to determine if any charges will be filed.

Per Arkansas State Police policy, the trooper who fired on Jones was put on paid administrative leave.

Man fatally shot by police after holding 9-year-old child hostage in Van Buren County

VAN BUREN COUNTY, Ark. — The Arkansas State Police is investigating the use of deadly force by state troopers on Thursday, Aug. 22 at a residence off Arkansas Highway 9, south of Clinton in Van Buren County.

William Lloyd Jones, 49, barricaded himself inside a residence on Hillpoint Road and was holding a 9-year-old child at gunpoint. Local law enforcement authorities went to the home on Wednesday, Aug. 21 responding to a report of aggravated assault, later learning that Jones was wanted on a parole violation.

Sheriff’s deputies later contacted the Arkansas State Police requesting assistance from the department’s Crisis Response Team.

Communications with Jones continued sporadically through the night. Shortly after 2 a.m., members of the Arkansas State Police SWAT team entered the home and rescued the child. While inside the home the SWAT team encountered Jones, who pointed a gun at the state troopers. A state trooper then fired on Jones who died at the scene.

The Arkansas State Crime Laboratory will analyze evidence and perform an autopsy on Jones’ to determine the manner and cause of death. Special Agents of the Criminal Investigation Division will be prepare an investigative file to present to the county prosecuting attorney who will decide if the shooting was consistent with Arkansas laws regarding the use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer.

The trooper who fired on Jones is presently on paid administrative leave.

Searcy Police: Missing Mother From Beebe Found Safe

Samantha Jo Pinner (Photo courtesy of Searcy Police)

BEEBE (KTHV) — A woman who disappeared after dropping her children off in Beebe on Monday has been found safe, according to the Searcy Police.

Samantha Jo Pinner, 30, was last seen about 10:30 a.m. Monday (Aug. 19) when she dropped off her children. She was seen driving away in a 2018 white Jeep Renegade with black wheels, according to our Little Rock CBS affiliate THV11.

While police confirmed she was safe, they did not specify when and where she was found.

Find out the latest at THV11.

Little Rock police providing gun locks as part firearms safety education program

The Little Rock Police Department will provide free firearms safety kits to local residents through a partnership with Project ChildSafe, the nationwide firearms safety education program. 

The safety kits, which include a gun lock, will be available at Little Rock Police Head-quarters and at all patrol division locations.

These locks are intended to provide an effective barrier against young children accessing a firearm in the home. Each kit contains a safety curriculum and a cable-style gun lock. The locks fit on most types of handguns, rifles and shotguns, The goal is to prevent a child or any other unauthorized person from accessing a firearm in a home. 

“We encourage residents to stop by one of our substation locations and pick up a Project ChildSafe Safety kit so they can have a safe option to storing their weapon, especially those with small children.,” said Chief Keith Humphrey.

“We are pleased to have the Little Rock Police Department as a Project ChildSafe partner,” said Bill Brassard Jr., director of Project ChildSafe. “Project ChildSafe is an important step forward in helping ensure that all firearm owners fully understand their responsibilities with respect to the safe handling and storage of firearms.”

Gun locks can be found at the following locations:

  • 700 W. Markham Street (LRPD Headquarters)
  • 3917 W. 12th Street (12th Street Patrol Division)
  • 10001 Kanis Road (Northwest Patrol Division)
  • 6401 Baseline Road (Southwest Patrol Divison)

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Body Suffering “Obvious Trauma” Found In North Little Rock

Body Suffering “Obvious Trauma” Found In North Little Rock

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Police in North Little Rock are investigating the weekend death of a man whose body was found lying in the street.

Police Sgt. Amy Cooper says officers were responding to reports of a disturbance early Saturday when they discovered the man’s body lying in a roadway about 1:44 a.m.

Cooper says the man was suffering from “obvious trauma” and he was pronounced dead at the scene. The man’s identity was not immediately released pending notification of his relatives.

The cause of death was not immediately released. The man’s body was taken to the state Crime Laboratory to determine the cause of death.

Additional details about the investigation were not immediately available.