LRPD Releases Names in Weekend Officer-Involved Shooting

Two officers suffer non life-threatening injuries

Update: 

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- The Little Rock Police Department (LRPD) has released the names of the officers and the individual who died following an officer-involved shooting and car crash on Saturday. 

Police say the man who died was James Hartsfield, 28 (photos below), of Little Rock. The officers have been identified as Officer Brittany Gunn and Officer Nicholas Smith. 

LRPD Chief Kenton Buckner says Officer Gunn was the only officer who fired shots. 

In a news release the LRPD issued on Monday, it is revealed that Officer Gunn was treated at the hospital for multiple contusions and abrasions, and was later released.

Hartsfield was found unresponsive at the scene behind the wheel of a Mercedes sedan. When medical personnel arrived it was determined that he was dead. Police say that he was struck multiple times by the gunfire. 

Officer Smith was treated at the hospital for a minor injury to the leg. 

Original story:

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- One person is dead and two officers injured following an officer-involved shooting early Saturday along University Ave. in Little Rock.

Police say some sort of a disturbance took place outside Local Union in the Prospect Building parking lot around 4 a.m.  An off-duty officer working at the bar called for assistance.  At some point thereafter, the suspect drove his vehicle into officers and through a brick barrier onto University Ave.

Little Rock Police Chief Kenton Buckner says officers fired their weapons, but he couldn't confirm they struck the suspect.  It's possible the suspect died from the impact of the car wreck, according to Buckner.

The injuries suffered by the officers aren't believed to be life threatening.  One officer suffered injuries in the lower part of his body.  The other officer's injuries were still being assessed.

The deceased suspect is described as a black male in his 20s.  No names have been released at this time.

When asked if there were any recurring issues with Local Union, Buckner said it wasn't on his radar.


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