Officers’ Names Released in Deadly NLR Police Shooting


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.

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