Published: Fri, January 12, 2018
Industry | By Terrell Bush

North Little Rock Police Officer-Involved Shooting

North Little Rock Police Officer-Involved Shooting

Smith had been a passenger in the back seat of a vehicle officers pulled over for speeding in North Little Rock around 1:00 p.m. Saturday. "He was armed and we, in fact, had to take action because of that. I feel like we needed to get it out there for people to actually see", Chief Davis said.

On Sunday, Police released a statement that said officers stopped a vehicle with three individuals just after 1am local time.

Smith was a back seat traveler in an auto pulled over for speeding and a front lamp infringement.

"Ain't nothing but a little bit of weed, man". "OK if we look?"

The chief said responding officers expressed concern over the "nervousness" of the driver while speaking with him.

"Deception gets out that says ... the subject wasn't outfitted, the subject didn't shoot", Davis said. He quickly got off a shot that almost struck his two friends sitting on the curb.

"What are those, new Air Force Ones?"

Smith comes into the scene of the video as a scuffle breaks out.

"I can't go to jail", Smith can be heard on the video.

Charles Smith Jr. was shot and killed at the scene, according to police. Then another shot is fired, narrowly missing the face of an officer.

An officer can be seen holding a stun gun, and police said attempts were made with the stun gun to subdue Smith, but the attempts were not successful.

Authorities said a gun and a small bag of marijuana were found on Smith during a pat-down search. Another stolen handgun was also found on the passenger-side floorboard.

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Davis said that Smith tried to "gain control" of the gun during the pat-down and tried to run.

"It's a (expletive) gun", the officer yelled shortly after ordering Smith to make his hands visible to the officers.

Davis added that after the confrontation, Smith Jr. pulled a handgun from his waistband and fired a shot that nearly hit the two people sitting on the sidewalk.

About one second later, police open fire at Smith, the video shows.

However, an officer on multiple occasions told Smith not to reach for something, and the two wrestled to the ground.

He added that an investigation into the shooting should be completed "very soon". Dedrick said previously that three officers were placed on paid leave, the procedure most law enforcement agencies follow in officer-involved shootings.

"I fear that misinformation gets out that says the subject wasn't armed, that the subject didn't shoot", he said, adding "that is not the case". Merritt called for an investigation into the use of force, which the District Attorney's Office said it is in the process of doing, KATV reported.

On Wednesday, people gathered at the curb where the incident occurred, leaving flowers, candles and balloons in honor of Smith.

A lawyer for Smith's family, Willard Proctor Jr., said it was too early to make conclusions.

"How do you like them?" the officer asked, referring to the shoes.

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The 1 AM traffic stop started off casual.

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