NLR Police: Suspect shot and killed after firing at officers

NLR Police: Suspect shot and killed after firing at officers. (Courtesy: Charles Smith Jr. family)

North Little Rock police fatally shot a teenage boy after he fired at officers during a traffic stop early Sunday, the department reported.

North Little Rock police have identified the victim as 17-year-old Charles Smith, Jr.

Police said the shooting occurred after officers stopped a vehicle about 1 a.m. at West 52nd Street and Camp Robinson Road. Officers found three people, including Charles Smith Junior, in the vehicle. Officers searched Smith, Jr. and found he was carrying a gun, according to police.

"A struggle then ensued between officers and the suspect," the department said in a news release. "During the struggle the suspect fired at least one shot at the officers which resulted in the officers firing shots at the suspect."

Officers provided medical treatment to the boy after the shooting, but he was later pronounced dead at the scene.

Investigators recovered the handgun the boy had been carrying, according to police.

The officers involved in the shooting were placed on administrative leave pending an investigation, in accordance with department policy.

Further details, including the boy's identity, had not been release late Sunday morning.

The shooting was the latest of several involving law enforcement officers in Arkansas over the past week.

On Monday, the White County sheriff's office said deputies fatally shot an armed man, Archie Lawhon, who was suspected of killing two other people in Romance earlier that day.

An Ozark police officer on Tuesday fatally a shot an armed man, Ronald Elliot, after being called to a domestic disturbance, according to authorities.

On Wednesday, Fort Smith police reportedly shot Matthew Pittman, 19, after Pittman tried to run them over while fleeing arrest. Pittman survived and was charged with three counts of aggravated assault.

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