NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark.- North Little Rock Police say a man who was shot in an officer-involved shooting on May 28 died on June 1.

According to a news release sent Sunday morning by North Little Rock Police, Ruben Smith III was shot on the 4600 block of E. Broadway on May 28.

North Little Rock Police say the investigation is ongoing and more information will be released when it becomes available.


NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Police are releasing the name of the man
injured in the May 28th officer-involved shooting that occurred at 4615 E. Broadway.

The subject has been identified as Ruben Smith III, 35, of North Little Rock.

Mr. Smith is still currently hospitalized and is in critical condition.

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Officers with the North Little Rock Police Department were called to the Tobacco Outlet where officials say a man had a gun.

It is not known at this point what the motive was for the suspect.

The store owner of Broadway Beauty, which is just across the street said that the suspect was waving a gun around and that officers told him multiple times to drop his weapon.

At least one officer did eventually fire upon the suspect and he was taken to a nearby hospital where his condition is unknown at this time.

“We understand that any incident no matter where it occurs, how close in proximity and time it occurs is troubling for the community and for our officers and we understand that incidents like this cause a certain level of fear and we would just like to let our community know our citizens know that we are going to do a very thorough investigation,” said Officer Amy Cooper with the North Little Rock Police Department.

Officials say us that no officers were injured and with protocol, at least one officer has been placed on administrative leave while this incident is under investigation.

Additional Information Regarding the Officer Involved Shooting in North
Little Rock

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (News release) – During the course of the investigation, it was determined that Officers with the North Little Rock Police Department were at the Rose City Sub-Station when they heard several gunshots nearby. The Officers went to the parking lot next door to the Sub-Station to investigate when they were forced to engage an armed subject who was actively shooting a handgun in the parking lot of 4615 E. Broadway which is next to the Rose City Sub-Station. Detectives have interviewed numerous witnesses who corroborated the initial actions of the Officers on the scene.

Officers then began immediate lockdown procedures with the businesses that were affected. Officers gathered all innocent persons in the immediate vicinity of the armed subject and placed them in positions of safety while other Officers began to try to deescalate the armed subject’s actions. While doing so, the armed subject jumped into an innocent bystander’s vehicle that was parked in front of 4615 E. Broadway. Officers continued to try to persuade the armed subject to comply with their demands to relinquish the handgun but he adamantly refused and then pointed the handgun at the Officers. One Officer utilized deadly force to stop the immediate threat.

Officers immediately summoned medical assistance from MEMS who responded and transported the subject to a local hospital.

The four officers that were on scene were placed on Administrative Leave per North Little Rock Police Department Policy.

The investigation is still on-going and Detectives are still gathering facts and evidence in regards to this incident.

Further information will provided as it becomes available.