LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – On Monday, police released the name of a man who died after an officer-involved shooting in the River Market early Sunday morning.
On Saturday evening, police received reports of a man with a gun outside Ernie Biggs acting erratically. One witness said that the suspect, 54-year-old Michael Hornibrook was using racial slurs and then pulled out a gun when he was asked to leave.
Upon officers' arrival to the scene, Hornibrook was outside the bar pointing his gun at the crowd and then ran across the street.
Police gave chase on foot, and gave Hornibrook multiple opportunities to stop. Police reports state that Hornibrook then stopped and pointed his pistol at the two officers, and they both fired. He was treated at the scene but later died from his injuries.
The officers involved were 44-year-old Samuel Hill and 31-year-old Brian Osmundson.
Curtis Norwood has been friends with Hornibrook for 15 years. He and other friends are in shock that this could've happened to a guy they say helped and others so much.
"A lot of people are going to miss him," Norwood said. "I will miss him, like I said, but we just gotta keep our heads up and keep pushing forward."
Norwood said that while the situation is heartbreaking, police have to protect and take care of themselves.
"It's saddening, but we pray for the family and we wish the best for the family," he said.
Both officers involved in the shooting are on routine administrative leave while the investigation continues.