Man wounded in Osceola officer-involved shooting

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OSCEOLA, Ark. – The Arkansas State Police (ASP) says a man has been critically wounded in an officer-involved shooting.

An ASP news release issued Monday morning states that the incident happened around 12:40 a.m. Monday near the 400 block of Semmes Street.

The wounded man is identified as Pete Denzel Edwards, 24, of Osceola. He was taken to a Memphis hospital and no further information has been released on his condition.

An Osceola police officer had stopped a vehicle driven by Edwards for a traffic violation.  According to the officer, during the course of the traffic stop, Edwards was “non-compliant,” says the ASP news release. 

At some point during the encounter between the Osceola police officer and Edwards, shooting began. At least one round from gunfire at the traffic stop entered a nearby home and reportedly wounded a resident who was taken from the scene and later released by a doctor. 

Special Agents of the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division will conduct an investigation and submit their findings to the prosecuting attorney of jurisdiction to determine whether the use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer was consistent with Arkansas laws. 

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