PINE BLUFF, Arkansas — The Jefferson Co. Sheriff's Office reported a fatal deputy-involved shooting at 6:45 p.m. near the Martha Mitchell Expressway in Pine Bluff, Arkansas.
According to the release, the deputy spotted a suspect wanted for multiple charges at a hotel on Commerce Road. When the deputy approached the suspect, he got into the passenger seat of a car and fled.
The deputy followed the suspect until the driver, later identified as 40-year-old Matthew Abrams, approached a railroad crossing, where the vehicle got stuck.
Abrams then exited the vehicle and began to run, so the deputy chased him. According to the release, Abrams then turned around a pointed a gun at the deputy.
The deputy also drew his gun and fired "several shots" at the Abrams, who continued running northwest.
The Arkansas Department of Corrections then released their K-9 dogs, who found the Abrams approximately 100 yards from the scene.
Abrams is reported to have raised up, pointing his gun at the officers. Officers told him to drop the gun, but Abrams refused, so officers fired.
Life-saving measures were initiated, but Abrams died later at the scene.
This is now an open investigation into the use of deadly force by law enforcement officers. The prosecuting attorney will determine whether the officers used deadly force consistent with Arkansas laws.
The initial suspect is in custody.
This story has been edited with updates.