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Arkansas State Police investigating death of robbery suspect

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Authorities are investigating the fatal shooting of a robbery suspect who they say died after a struggle with a Union County sheriff's deputy. The Union County Sheriff says a deputy arrived at a pharmacy in Strong after an alarm triggered early Thursday morning. He says the deputy, whose name was not released, found 36-year-old Artago Damon Howard of Monroe, Louisiana, inside. The sheriff says the deputy and Howard struggled briefly, and the deputy's weapon discharged. Authorities say Howard fled the store, but the deputy caught him outside. Once the deputy realized Howard had been shot, authorities say the deputy requested an ambulance. The suspect died outside the pharmacy a short time later. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ( ) reports that Arkansas State Police is investigating the incident. ___ Information from: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 2015 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
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