BENTON, Ark. (KTHV) -- At approximately 11:44 a.m. Monday, Benton officers responded to the 1200 block of River Oaks for a report of a family disturbance with a 17-year-old juvenile possessing a handgun.
Upon arrival, officers were told the 17-year-old suspect had fled into a wooded area near the home.
Multiple officers searched the area for a welfare concern of the suspect and was later located in the wooded area. After failing to comply with officer commands to drop the weapon, the suspect pointed the handgun toward an officer, which resulted in shots being fired by the officer.
The suspect was pronounced deceased at the scene.
A handgun that was in the suspect’s possession during the incident was located at the scene.
Per departmental policy, the officer involved has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation. This is an on-going investigation and additional details will be made available as it progresses.