LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - On Thursday at approximately 2:10 p.m. officers of the Little Rock Police Department were dispatched to Nash Lanefor a suicidal subject/possible overdose.
The caller said that the suicidal subject, John Williams,had taken 50 Xanax and was trying to kill himself. According to a press release from the Little Rock Police Dept., officers attempted to make contact with Williamsto secure the scene for medical attention.Police said hewas located at the rear bedroom of the residence.They could hear a man inside, making strange noises that sounded to officers like slurred speech. Officers Eric Barnes and Clark Sheffield attempted contact with Williams at theback door, and were confronted by a male holding a long barrel firearm, according to the release.
Officers ordered the man to lower his firearm and exit the residence, but police saidWilliams did not comply with officers' orders, and continued to brandish his firearm. One officer discharged his firearm at Williams; the officers said they retreated and attempted to get the suspect to exit the residence and drop his firearm so medical treatment could be administered. Shortly after retreating, officers then entered the residence and found Williams deceased. Williams's next-of-kin was notified. The release stated that three shots were fired by Ofc. Barnes, with two of them hitting Williams; one shot was a graze to the leg and the other to the abdomen.
Pursuant to Little Rock Police Department General Orders, two separate investigations have been initiated into this matter. The first, conducted by the Department's Major Crimes Division, will be submitted to the Prosecuting Attorney's Office when completed for a review and determination as to compliance with Arkansas law; the second, conducted by the Department's Professional Standards Section, is charged with determining whether the officers involved acted in accordance with Departmental policies.
Both officers were placed on administrative leave as required by Department policy and the investigations are continuing.
Additional information will be made available as the investigations continue.