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1 dead after officer-involved shooting in Russellville

Arkansas State Police are investigating after an officer-involved shooting that left one man dead early Friday morning. (MGN Online)

Arkansas State Police are investigating after an officer-involved shooting that left one man dead early Friday morning

Authorities say they were called out the the 600 block of West K Street on Thursday just before 7 p.m. in reference to a person who had shot at bail bondsmen who were trying to take the suspect into custody for felony warrants.

When officers arrived on scene, the suspect, identified as 36-year-old Joshua Cartwright of Russellville, barricaded himself inside an apartment and fired additional shots.

Russellville Police say they established a perimeter around the apartment complex, evacuated complexes in the area, and began attempting to negotiate with the suspect.

Arkansas State Police were also called out to assist in the investigation.

According to the report, Cartwright exited the apartment around 2:15 a.m. Friday morning and began shooting at officers, who then fired back. He was pronounced dead on scene.

The shooting occurred about a block away from Arkansas Tech University.

The university posted the following on their Facebook page in regards to the shooting:

President of Arkansas Tech Dr, Robin E, Bowen released this statement Friday morning.

I want to thank every member of our university staff who worked together to smoothly ensure the safety of our students and guests. They quickly and consistently provided communication both internally and externally, keeping all abreast of developments. They assisted local authorities and housed our neighbors in need during a time of crisis. A special word of appreciation goes to Captain Tammy Dougan and her fellow officers from the ATU Department of Public Safety for their outstanding efforts.

According to the University, residents of West K Street who were evacuated from their homes temporarily were provided shelter on Arkansas Tech's campus. Power that was cut off by authorities during the night was restored around 2:30 a.m. Friday morning.

ATU is running under it's normal schedule Friday, June 29.

The State Police investigation will be sent to the Pope County prosecuting attorney to determine if the shooting followed Arkansas laws regarding the use of deadly force by an officer.


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