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Little Rock officer reportedly fired gun at man who climbed tree during chase

A Little Rock officer is on paid leave after firing their gun while off-duty in Saline County at a suspect who was running away from authorities.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — A Little Rock police officer is on paid leave after firing their weapon in Saline County on Wednesday, March 30.

According the Little Rock Police Department, the officer fired their gun while they were off duty.

The shooting happened while Saline County deputies were chasing two suspects.

Around 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, deputies were responding to a reckless driving call when they began chasing a car with two people inside.

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When the car was pulled over, a woman driving said the second person in the car ran away. Two stolen guns and drugs were reportedly found in the car.

The man who ran away from the car was later found in the woods and that's when deputies heard the two gunshots fired by the Little Rock police officer.

The officer told officials that he "believed the suspect" pointed a weapon at him.

The suspect was found in a tree and arrested and charged with drugs and firearm possession, theft by receiving, and fleeing.

The Saline County Sheriff's Office said no one was hit or injured during the incident. They claimed a press release would be sent out on Thursday.

We will update this article with more information as it becomes available.

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