Driver crashed through brick wall during officer-involved shooting

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Little Rock Police Department has released more information on the officer involved shooting that left one person dead and two officers injured Saturday morning.

According to the police, Officer Brittany Gunn was working off-duty in her police uniform at the Local Union on North University Avenue when she saw a 2004 Mercedes Benz pull into the parking lot. Gunn then said she noticed the driver was drinking from a liquor bottle.

Gunn then confronted the driver about the bottle and asked him to get out of the vehicle. The driver, 28-year-old James Hartsfield, refused to exit his vehicle and then a physical altercation began. During the altercation, Gunn asked for on-duty assistance.

Officer Nicholas Smith arrived on scene and attempted to help Gunn, who was inside the passenger side of the Hartsfield's car. Smith went to the driver's side of the vehicle and attempted to remove Hartsfield from his car.

At some point, Hartsfield put his car into drive and began to flee the scene with Gunn still inside the vehicle. Smith was thrown to the ground as the vehicle sped off.

Hartsfield was heading towards a brick retaining wall when Gunn fired at him, striking him multiple times. The car then crashed through the wall followed by an abrupt landing on University Avenue. During the crash, Gunn was ejected from the vehicle, landing onto the street.

Other officers arrived on scene and immediately began to "render aide" on Gunn, who was unresponsive, as well as the driver. Once medical personnel arrived, it was determined that Hartsfield died during the crash.

Gunn was treated at the hospital for multiple wounds while Smith was treated for a minor injury to his leg.

The police report did not specify if a liquor bottle was found at the scene.

Both officers have been placed on administrative leave as police continue an investigation into the shooting.

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