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Police: Suspect dead in North Little Rock following 'domestic' incident

One person is now dead following a standoff with North Little Rock police, in which they "barricaded inside of a North Little Rock home on Wednesday.

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Update: North Little Rock police have identified the suspect in this incident as 39-year-old Joseph Smith of Little Rock.

One person is now dead and an officer is on leave after an incident in which a suspect was "barricading" inside of a North Little Rock home on Wednesday.

According to reports, police responded to a "disturbance with a weapon" on Locust Street overnight. 

When officers arrived at the scene, they were made aware of a domestic incident at the home and were able to remove the victim from the scene. 

From there, police attempted to make contact with the suspect who was described as "being the only remaining person inside the residence." 

Authorities said that they made a barricade around the home in an attempt to contact the suspect. 

Once the perimeter was complete, police said that the suspect began shooting at authorities from inside the home. 

Later, police said that the suspect began to exit the building before allegedly aiming a gun at one of the responding officers. 

In reaction, police said that a North Little Rock officer shot his service weapon which resulted in the suspect fleeing back into the residence. 

Authorities attempted to negotiate with the suspect which was met with "negative results." 

Following the failed attempts at communication, members of North Little Rock SWAT entered the home which is where they located the suspect dead inside the residence. 

Authorities said that it's currently unknown whether the fatal injury was self-inflicted or caused by North Little Rock police. 

The North Little Rock officer that discharged their weapon has been placed on administrative leave, according to the department. 

There is no information on the subject's identity or the injuries to the victim. 

We will update this article as more information becomes available.

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