State police: Perry County man dead after shootout with officers, deputies

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PERRY COUNTY, Ark. – Arkansas State Police officials say a Perry County man is dead after exchanging gunfire with law enforcement Tuesday morning.

In a release, the ASP says Perry County deputies arrived at the home of 55-year-old Robert Laudell Bull around 9 a.m. after receiving reports of a man who had barricaded a portion of Poe Farm Road and blocked two drivers from passing.

Deputies and local officers said they were met with gunfire as they approached Bull’s home, with officers saying the shots were coming from a front window. The deputies and officers retreated for cover and waited for a state trooper and police officer to arrive to the scene.

After a 90-minute standoff, investigators said Bull exited the house unarmed. However, he then grabbed a shotgun and began firing at officers. The assembled group of officers returned fire, striking Bull, who died at the scene.

No officers were injured in the incident.

Special agents with the ASP Criminal Investigation Division are continuing to review the scene and the details of the incident.

Bull’s body was transported to the Arkansas State Crime Lab for the state medical examiner to review and determine a cause of death.

An ASP trooper has been placed on administrative leave while the investigation is ongoing, and state officials noted that the status of the other law enforcement officers involved would be determined by their agencies.

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