Update (March 6):
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR - Police have released the name of the man who was shot and killed by an officer on Wednesday afternoon.
He is identified as Robert J. Storay, 52, of Little Rock.
The North Little Rock Police Department says Storay died after being taken to UAMS from the scene of the incident at 4th & Maple streets.
Police say the incident began as a disturbance on a city bus and when officers arrived on the scene Storay was escorted off the bus. Storay was reportedly wielding a cane when he scuffled with officers and was shot.
Original story (March 5):
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, AR - A man is dead after being shot by a local police officer in an incident downtown.
It happened around noon near 4th & Maple streets.
A church near the scene was in the middle of an Ash Wednesday service when the gunfire erupted outside.
Police provided full details in the following news release:
This afternoon just after 12:00 PM, North Little Rock Police Officers responded to the 400 Block of Maple Street after a 911 caller reported a male causing a disturbance on a Central Arkansas Transit Bus. As the Officer arrived in the area, he made contact with a male on the bus who was causing the disturbance.
The officer, along with the suspect exited the bus at which time the suspect started to assault the officer with a cane. The officer fired his weapon, striking the suspect.
The suspect was transported to UAMS for treatment and has since been pronounced deceased. The name of the suspect is not being released pending notification of family. The officer was transported to Baptist Springhill for non-life threatening injuries. The Detective Division arrived on scene and is in the process of interviewing numerous passengers that were on the bus.
The North Little Rock Officer involved in the shooting has been placed on administrative leave as per policy. An investigation into the incident is underway and an administrative review will also be conducted.
CAT statement regarding today's incident:
CAT is working closely with the North Little Rock Police Department during the investigation of today’s incident. This is an unfortunate matter that CAT takes seriously. Safety of our employees and passengers remains our top priority as we continue to provide our community with safe, reliable and convenient transportation.