NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The North Little Rock Police Department (NLRPD) has released the names of the officers involved in the deadly police shooting Jan. 7 that left a local teenager dead.
A news release issued by the NLRPD Thursday afternoon identified them as:
- Officer Cody Stroud. Date of hire: 07-07-2014
- Officer Samantha Thompson. Date of hire: 07-07-2014
- Officer John Blankenship. Date of hire: 08-05-2013
The NLRPD says the officers remain on paid administrative leave.
The officer-involved shooting happened during a traffic stop at 52nd St. & Camp Robinson Road.
Charles Smith Jr., 17, died at the scene. He was shot by officers who returned fire when he pulled out a handgun and fired two shots at them, as was revealed last week when the NLRPD released dashcam video of the incident.