State Police investigating Little Rock UAMS officer involved shooting

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The Arkansas State Police is investigating an officer involved shooting that occurred at UAMS at 2:45 a.m. Wednesday.

Police say that 39-year-old Tyrone Washington attempted to drive away in a stolen truck that had been parked near the UAMS emergency department. One of the UAMS officers blocked Shuffield Drive to keep the truck from leaving campus.

As the officer approached Washington, who was seated as the driver of the truck, the officer requested Washington stop the truck engine, according to police. When Washington refused to comply, police say the office reached inside the truck cab as part of an effort to gain access to the truck’s ignition switch.

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Police say that as the officer’s arm was inside the truck, Washington accelerated the truck, causing the officer to be dragged a short distance before he was able to free himself from the moving vehicle.

A second UAMS office fired a service weapon at Washington, who was transported back to UAMS where he is being treated, police say.

Criminal investigation division agents from the State Police have been assigned to the case and they are preparing an investigating file that will be turned over to the Sixth Judicial District prosecuting attorney, who will determine whether the use of deadly force by a law enforcement officer was consistent with state laws.

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