LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - The Little Rock Police Department have released more details on the officer-involved shooting at the Chick-fil-A on West Markham.
According to the report, police responded to Home Deport on Chenal Parkway in west Little Rock in reference to a shoplifter in custody. While traveling to Home Depot, officer received another call that the suspect, 22-year-old Rudy Avila, had become "aggressive and uncooperative."
Once police arrived, they took Avila into custody, but as they were escorting him to a police car he escaped. Avila fled on foot towards the Chick-fil-A. At some point during the chase, Avila managed to get out of one of the handcuffs.
Avila then ran to the drive thru of the Chick-fil-A where he forced a female driver out of her vehicle. Officers say they gave the suspect several commands to exit the vehicle.
During the altercation, Tim Lincoln drove his Jeep in front of the stolen vehicle to block in Avila. He told us that he hoped he "did the right thing" by attempting to block in Avila.
The suspect then attempted to maneuver around Lincoln's Jeep. Police claim Avila drove towards Officer Ralph Breshears in a "threatening manner" and that the officer feared for his life, so he opened fire at the vehicle.
Avila, who shot in the arm by Breshears, then drove the car off the embankment and into another vehicle.
In the department's use of force policy, "discharging firearms at a moving or fleeing vehicle is prohibited, unless it is necessary to prevent imminent death or serious physical injury to the officer or another person."
The policy also explains that an officer should move out of a fleeing vehicle's path if possible, "rather than fire at the vehicle."
Breshears has been placed on administration leave while the investigation continues. He is a 26-year veteran of the force.
Charges are pending against Avila
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